The Defining Decade by Meg Jay


6 Critic Reviews

much of Jay's philosophy seems a little half-baked
-My San Antonio


Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.

THE DEFINING DECADE is a smart, compassionate and constructive book about the years we cannot afford to miss.

About Meg Jay

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Meg Jay, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in adult development, and twentysomethings in particular. She is an assistant clinical professor at University of Virginia, and maintains a private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Jay earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, and in gender studies, from University of California, Berkeley.
Published April 17, 2012 by Twelve. 264 pages
Genres: Self Help, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Apr 16 2012

the author is sincere and sympathetic, making this well-researched mix of generational sociology, psychotherapy, career counseling, and relationship advice a practical treatise for a much-maligned demographic.

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Reviewed by Haley Hoover on Jan 20 2014

Overall, I deeply enjoyed the book. It forced me to see my life as a reality and not an abstract phase of transition-to-thirty...For any young soul searching and piddling, I recommend this book as a method of self examination.

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Reviewed by Maureen Linehan on Apr 17 2012

While reading THE DEFINING DECADE all I could think about was how I personally wanted to give this book to every other twenty-something I know. It should be required reading for all.

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My San Antonio

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Reviewed by Mark Stoeltje on May 11 2012

much of Jay's philosophy seems a little half-baked

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The Coffin Factory

Below average
Apr 20 2012

while The Defining Decade may seem a bit like a self-help book for how to be the better you, it’s just the wake up call many twentysomethings need.

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Reviewed by Jenny on May 09 2012

extremely judgey about things that I don’t need to be judged about.

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