Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay’s first book, The Defining Decade, inspired one of the most-watched TED talks of all time – Why 30 is Not the New 20 – with over nine million views. Now she comes to the how to: Academy with a new talk on people who having shouldered greater than average hardship as children defy expectation and achieve better than average success as adults.

Whether it was experiencing parental divorce or growing up with an alcohol or drug-abusing family member, the people Meg Jay will introduce us to are all survivors. She will explore what they have in common that made it possible for them to transcend the trauma of their early years and to build successful adult lives.




This extraordinary book taught me more about resilience than anything else I’ve read. With the ear of a therapist and the voice of a novelist, Meg Jay delves deep into the human condition to illuminate how we find strength after suffering. It’s impossible to read Supernormal without seeing yourself in it – and without seeing yourself more clearly too’- ADAM GRANT, author of ORIGINALS, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg.




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