Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up by Lara E. Fielding, PsyD
Mastering Adulthood is a guide for emerging adults who are struggling to cope with stress or life transitions. Readers are introduced to emotions then taught how to understand themselves and their experiences. The final section teaches skills for developing mindfulness and controlling their thoughts, actions and feelings. There are also links throughout the book to additional resources like videos, worksheets and audios for guided mindfulness exercises.
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About the author:
Lara E. Fielding, PsyD is a clinical psychologist who practices and researches Mindfulness-Based CBT. She has a private practice in California where she focuses on adults and adolescents who are struggling with stress or transitions. You can learn more about her here.
What we love:
Mastering Adulthood is easy to read and apply. I especially liked the metaphors Dr. Fielding uses. They build on each other through out the book and are integrated into the worksheets. They would be easy to work into your therapy sessions so that you are using the language your clients are reading between sessions.
Every chapter in Mastering Adulthood includes vignettes of young adults struggling with the same issues that the readers are likely facing. These stories are relatable and interesting.
What we didn’t:
There were some places in the book where I wondered if readers would think the author was trying to hard to appeal to young people. I also wondered how well a few of the pop culture references would age.
This book is perfect for millennial clients and the therapists who serve them. It is easy to read and understand. It takes complex, but popular ideas like mindfulness and explains them in a way that is easy to grasp and the digital extras make it even more appealing.
Mastering Adulthood would also be a good resource for therapists who work with millennials and emerging adults. It gives a good introduction to many of the challenges unique to this population. I also loved the analogies and how they build on each other. You could easily incorporate them into your work. I like the idea of recommending the book with the worksheets and using it to guide your work with individuals or groups.
One last idea, I used to teach a course at my local community college called Psychology of Adjustment. This book would make a perfect text for a course like that.
Just a note: Mastering Adulthood isn’t written for people who struggle with clinically significant mental illness or trauma, and it would probably not be an appropriate resource for them.
Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.