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Well, Not Perfect

Aug 3, 2022

Welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.


Today I have Vanessa Bohns on the show and let me tell you, this was one of the most thought provoking conversations I’ve had on this podcast to date. 


Vanessa is a social psychologist and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University and an AB from Brown University. Professor Bohns is an expert on social influence, compliance, and consent; and investigates why it’s so hard to say no. Her research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law. And her first book You Have More Influence Than You Think was published in September. 


I found my conversation with Professor Bohns to be absolutely fascinating on both a personal and professional level. Her insights helped me understand a lot about myself and the people around me.


In this episode you will learn:

  1. Why so many of us struggle to say no;
  2. Biases that influence the way we see the world and how the world sees us; and
  3. Why we tend to be harder on ourselves than others are on us.


Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.


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