Burnout - Emily Nagoski, PhD & Amelia Nagoski, DMA


By Emily Nagoski, PhD & Amelia Nagoski, DMA

  • Release Date: 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 142 Ratings


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “This book is a gift! I’ve been practicing their strategies, and it’s a total game-changer.”—Brené Brown, PhD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Dare to Lead

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Burnout. Many women in America have experienced it. What’s expected of women and what it’s really like to be a woman in today’s world are two very different things—and women exhaust themselves trying to close the gap between them. How can you “love your body” when every magazine cover has ten diet tips for becoming “your best self”? How do you “lean in” at work when you’re already operating at 110 percent and aren’t recognized for it? How can you live happily and healthily in a sexist world that is constantly telling you you’re too fat, too needy, too noisy, and too selfish?

Sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, are here to help end the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Instead of asking us to ignore the very real obstacles and societal pressures that stand between women and well-being, they explain with compassion and optimism what we’re up against—and show us how to fight back. In these pages you’ll learn

• what you can do to complete the biological stress cycle—and return your body to a state of relaxation
• how to manage the “monitor” in your brain that regulates the emotion of frustration
• how the Bikini Industrial Complex makes it difficult for women to love their bodies—and how to defend yourself against it
• why rest, human connection, and befriending your inner critic are keys to recovering and preventing burnout

With the help of eye-opening science, prescriptive advice, and helpful worksheets and exercises, all women will find something transformative in these pages—and will be empowered to create positive change. Emily and Amelia aren’t here to preach the broad platitudes of expensive self-care or insist that we strive for the impossible goal of “having it all.” Instead, they tell us that we are enough, just as we are—and that wellness, true wellness, is within our reach.


Burnout is the gold standard of self-help books, delivering cutting-edge science with energy, empathy, and wit. The authors know exactly what’s going on inside your frazzled brain and body, and exactly what you can do to fix it. . . . Truly life-changing.”—Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Calm the F*ck Down


  • 10/10 ✨

    By maaaasa12
    Highly recommend this book—will be reading it again. So empowering!
  • Just what the doctor ordered

    By KennyGrav
    Just what I needed to reset after a year in quarantine.
  • Game changer

    By rmariejg
    An incredible book I didn’t realize I needed-but wow, I REALLY needed it. Thank you Emily & Amelia!
  • Absolutely Excellent

    By meredelamer
    Truly helpful, insightful, research-backed book. So many times I felt an eerie sense that they (the authors) had reached into my brain or secretly listened in on my conversations with friends or my therapist. I'm buying a few copies for some women in my life!
  • Every Woman Should Read This

    By VenitaLynn
    Learned about the book while listening to Brene Brown’s podcast. While it’s too early to say as much as I’ve just finished the book in 2 days, I believe this book has changed the trajectory of my life. I’ve been in weekly therapy for months after years of trauma, and my therapist has been encouraging me to “get back into my body” and I kept telling her, “I don’t understand what that looks like.” She would make suggestions that appear in this book, ie take a walk, exercise. It wasn’t until reading this book that it finally clicked in a way that I could understand. The book was also extremely validating and helped me see that not only am I not alone in my experiences, many of them are so common as to appear in the data as the average. In my life I have one big Kobayashi Maru (unwinnable situation), so the section on creating goals to keep the “Monitor” satisfied was especially helpful. I haven’t felt so excited by a book in a very, very long time. Cannot recommend it enough.
  • Reading again...

    By audreygoff
    There is so much I love and appreciate about this book. I have been able to put much of this into action within days of starting this book. I will be reading again and telling everyone woman in my tribe to pick this up. What a gift these woman have brought to us.