“A revelation.” — Angela Duckworth
“Enlightening.” — Steven Pinker
“Fascinating.” — Daniel H. Pink
“Insightful and engaging.” — Daniel Gilbert
“Stopped me in my tracks.” — Adam Grant
“An intriguing new way to think about a complicated emotion.” — New York
Why did Paul Gauguin abandon middle-class life to follow the path of a starving artist? What explains the massive success of Steve Jobs, a man with great ideas but weak programming skills and a questionable managerial style? How did Dean Karnazes—the famed “Ultramarathon Man”—transform himself from a directionless desk jockey into an extreme athlete who once ran fifty marathons in fifty days?
As the renowned emotion researcher Jessica Tracy reveals, each of these superachievers has been motivated by an often maligned emotion: pride. Its dark, hubristic side is well known, but Tracy shows that pride is also essential for helping us become our best, brightest selves. It makes us strive for excellence. In the right doses and the right contexts, it has been proven to boost creativity, motivate altruism, and confer power and prestige on those who display it. In Pride, Tracy explains how we can make this double-edged emotion serve us—rather than the other way around.
“A must-read for anyone pursuing noteworthy goals.” — Publishers Weekly
Previously published in hardcover as TAKE PRIDE.
Self-improvement enthusiasts will find in this book a new and fascinating suggestion for attaining success. "If you are looking for a way to convince yourself to commit to a diet, or giving up smoking or drinking, pride might get you there," writes Tracy, a psychology professor and first-time author. Readers will be particularly intrigued when Tracy claims that pride can trump pleasure as a motivating force, stating that many notable achievements and inventions throughout history can be traced back to it. Though the subtitle reminds readers that pride is traditionally regarded as the "deadliest sin," Tracy suggests it plays a key role in the lives of most successful individuals. The first six of the book's seven chapters are devoted to an analysis of how pride is expressed in different cultures and a revealing exploration of narcissism. The last chapter, however, is the meat of the book, the part readers will find the most interesting and helpful, in which the author encourages them to use this emotion to their advantage. This book is a must-read for anyone pursuing noteworthy goals, with Tracy aspiring to instill in her readers the message that "you might just need a little pride."