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Amy Morin is editor-in-chief at Verywell Mind, a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and psychology lecturer at Northeastern University. She’s also an international bestselling author. Her books, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, and 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do have been translated into 40 languages.

The Guardian dubbed her “the self-help guru of the moment” and Forbes calls her a “thought leadership star.”

Her TEDx talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, is one of the most popular talks of all time with more than 15 million views. She’s a regular contributor to Forbes, Business Insider, and Psychology Today where her articles on mental strength reach more than 2 million readers each month.

Her advice for building mental strength has been featured by major media outlets, including Fox News, CNN,, Today, Good Morning America, Success, Business Insider, Time, and the Hallmark Channel.



Amy Morin, author of international bestseller 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, returns with a timely, powerful focus on women and mental strength in the time of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements

What does it mean to be a mentally strong woman in today’s society? More importantly, what skills, advice, and specific strategies can women employ to exercise their mental and emotional strength? With the emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements came a new, indomitable wave of female empowerment, making the need for mental strength more timely and vital than ever. But it’s no question that the world still has a long way to go when it comes to gender equality, and contending with a host of difficult issues—from sexual assault on college campuses, to equal pay and pay gaps, to mastering different negotiation styles—demands psychological toughness.

Now, international bestselling author, prominent psychotherapist, and licensed clinical social worker Amy Morin—the global expert on mental strength—combines case studies, practical tips, and techniques for women to build mental muscle in 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy. In step with her previous books, Morin writes with a timely focus on feminism, explaining what it means—and what it takes—to be a mentally strong woman in our modern era.

Delving into critical issues like sexism, social media, social comparison, and social pressure, Morin weaves thoughtful advice with personal experiences, stories from former patients, and both well-known and untold examples from women across industries and pop culture to create the ultimate guide on mental strength for women today. Throughout, she explores the areas women—and society at large—must focus on to become (and remain) mentally strong. To be mentally and emotionally strong, women don’t:

1. They Don’t Compare Themselves to Other People
2. They Don’t Insist on Perfection
3. They Don’t See Vulnerability as a Weakness
4. They Don’t Let Self-Doubt Stop Them from Reaching Their Goals
5. They Don’t Overthink Everything
6. They Don’t Avoid Tough Challenges
7. They Don’t Fear Breaking the Rules
8. They Don’t Put Others Down to Lift Themselves Up
9. They Don’t Let Others Limit Their Potential
10. They Don’t Blame Themselves When Something Goes Wrong
11. They Don’t Stay Silent
12. They Don’t Feel Bad About Reinventing Themselves
13. They Don’t Downplay Their Success

Wise, grounded, and essential, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO can help every woman flourish—and ultimately improve our society as well.

13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG WOMEN DON’T DO: Own Your Power, Channel Your Confidence, and Find Your Authentic Voice for a Life of Meaning and Joy by Amy Morin

William Morrow | Hardcover | On Sale: December 31, 2018 | $26.99

Hardcover ISBN: 9780062847621 | E-Book ISBN: 9780062847645



MentallyStrongParents-3D (1)In today’s increasingly complicated and scary world, do children lack the flexibility and mental strength they need to cope with life’s challenges? With “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” designed to protect kids, many adults worry that children don’t have the resilience to reach their greatest potential. In 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do Amy Morin identifies the tools that adults—parents, teachers, and other mentors—need to become mental strength trainers.

After her blog post on mental strength went viral in 2013, psychotherapist Amy Morin expanded those ideas in her internationally bestselling book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Now, in her highly anticipated follow up, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do (William Morrow; September 19, 2017; ISBN: 9780062565730) Amy Morin turns her focus to teaching parents how to raise mentally strong and resilient children in an everchanging world.

As a foster parent, psychotherapist, and expert in family and teen therapy, Amy draws upon her professional and personal experiences in 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do. And while other books tell parents what to do, Amy teaches parents what “not to do,” which she says is equally important in raising mentally strong kids. To raise self-assured children, mentally strong parents don’t:

1. Condone a Victim Mentality
2. Parent out of Guilt
3. Make Their Children the Center of the Universe
4. Allow Fear to Dictate Their Choices
5. Give Their Children Power Over Them
6. Expect Perfection
7. Let Their Child Avoid Responsibility
8. Shield Their Child from Pain
9. Feel Responsible for Their Child’s Emotions
10. Prevent Their Child from Making Mistakes
11. Confuse Discipline with Punishment
12. Take Shortcuts to Avoid Discomfort
13. Lose Sight of Their Values

By combining case studies, practical tips, specific strategies, and proven exercises, Amy Morin shows parents how to build mental muscle and develop children into strong adults. Enclosed is the galley of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, which I hope that you will consider for any reviews, features, or interviews you may be planning for September or back to school coverage.




SoftCoverIf you have you ever…

  • Complained about all the things you “have to” do in life
  • Been afraid to make major changes out of fear that it might get worse
  • Felt frustrated by your lack of self-discipline
  • Struggled with major regrets about your past


Then you’ve been face-to-face with some of the 13 common habits that hold us back from success. In her groundbreaking book, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO (William Morrow Paperbacks; ISBN: 9780062358301; On Sale: March 7, 2017), psychotherapist Amy Morin shares her pragmatic tips to finding better ways to overcome these habits and increase mental strength, happiness, and success in life.

When Morin was twenty three years old and lost her mother suddenly to a brain aneurysm, she allowed herself to grieve and eventually set herself on a path of healing. Three short years later, however, she lost her husband to a heart attack. Grief, again, overwhelmed her – but, with time, it got better. Then, seven years later, after finding love again, when her new husband’s father ran out of treatment options for an aggressive cancer, her whole world-view changed.

It was at that moment that Morin sat down and wrote her now internationally-known viral blog post, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” – based on the 13 Things and habits that could have held her back from navigating personal loss. It resonated so much with readers that it was picked up by, where it was read by 10 million people in just a few weeks and has gone on to receive more than 50 million more on sites like: Business Insider, Lifehack, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and Success.

Expanding on her viral post, Amy Morin offers simple yet effective solutions to cope with life’s many challenges.

With anecdotes from her work as a college psychology instructor and psychotherapist, as well as personal stories of how she bolstered her own mental strength – like her annual celebration of her late husband’s birthday (which has involved everything from skydiving to swimming with sharks), Morin opens each chapter with a profile of an individual challenged by one of the 13 Things. Followed by self-identifying quizzes, readers are challenged to determine whether they, too, fall prey to this particular defeating behavior. Outlining ways to shift our thinking, and ending each chapter with bulleted points on common traps for making change, 13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO answers what we should not do when we encounter adversity and explains how we can be happy and succeed instead.

Increasing your mental strength can change your entire attitude. It takes practice and hard work, but with Morin’s specific tips, exercises and troubleshooting advice, it is possible to not only fortify your mental muscle but also drastically improve the quality of your life.

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do:


  1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry For Themselves
  2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
  3. They Don’t Shy Away From Change
  4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
  5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
  6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
  7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
  8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
  9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
  10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
  11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
  12. They Don’t Feel Like the World Owes Them Anything
  13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results

Watch the video trailer of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and learn about the story behind the book.

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