Situations Matter by Sam Sommers
Understanding How Context Transforms Your World

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An "entertaining and engaging" exploration of the invisible forces influencing your life-and how understanding them can improve everything you do.

The world around you is pulling your strings, shaping your innermost instincts and your most private thoughts. And you don't even realize it.

Every day and in all walks of life, we overlook the enormous power of situations, of context in our lives. That's a mistake, says Sam Sommers in his provocative new book. Just as a museum visitor neglects to notice the frames around paintings, so do people miss the influence of ordinary situations on the way they think and act. But frames- situations- do matter. Your experience viewing the paintings wouldn't be the same without them. The same is true for human nature.

In Situations Matter, Sommers argues that by understanding the powerful influence that context has in our lives and using this knowledge to rethink how we see the world, we can be more effective at work, at home, and in daily interactions with others. He describes the pitfalls to avoid and offers insights into making better decisions and smarter observations about the world around us.
 

About Sam Sommers

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SAM SOMMERS is an award-winning psychology professor at Tufts University. His research has been covered by Good Morning America, NPR, Harper's, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives near Boston with his wife and two daughters.
 
Published December 29, 2011 by Riverhead. 299 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The author calls attention to how our behavior is influenced by the context of the situations we face, invoking the software term WYSIWYG to describe the way people tend to accept an “oversimplified picture of human nature, clinging as we do to the belief that what you see is what you get.” He re...

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Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World includes a number of emails and letters from former students where they’ve made a difference in their own lives, and the lives of others, based upon Sam Sommers’ simple request to see ‘the world differently after realizing just ho...

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Instead, Sommers recommends we embrace the idea of a flexible self, accepting "that the 'authentic' self isn't some sort of Holy Grail, unless by the analogy you mean that you aren't sure of whether or not it even exists in the first place."

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Sam Sommers’ SITUATIONS MATTER: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World is an exciting and witty book about one of the potentially driest subjects imaginable: situational ethics.

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Sam Sommers’ SITUATIONS MATTER: Understanding How Context Transforms Your World is an exciting and witty book about one of the potentially driest subjects imaginable: situational ethics.

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