Divergent Mind

Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed For You

by Jenara Nerenberg, Tegan Cohen

On Sale: 03/24/2020

Divergent Mind

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Divergent Mind

Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed For You

by Jenara Nerenberg

On Sale: 03/24/2020


About the Book

A paradigm-shifting exploration of neurodivergent women—those with autism, ADHD, synesthesia, and other sensory processing differences—offering a timely, provocative examination of why these traits are overlooked in women and how our society can benefit from allowing their unique strengths to flourish.

As a smart, successful, Harvard and Berkeley-educated writer and devoted mother, Jenara Nerenberg didn’t discover her autism and ADHD until well into her adulthood, after it had already taken a huge toll on her personal and professional life. Being a journalist, she dove into the research and discovered neurodiversity – a movement which seeks to stop pathologizing ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ brains and start embracing the variety of mental makeups we all have.

But we can’t accept what we don’t recognize, and when it comes to women, sensory processing disorders including autism, ADHD, and synesthesia are often overlooked, masked, or mistaken for something else entirely. Between a flawed system that focuses on diagnosing younger, male populations, and the fact that women are conditioned from a young age to blend in and conform to gender expectations, women often don’t learn about their condition until they are adults, if at all. As a result, millions live with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed neurodivergence, and the misidentification leads to depression, anxiety, shame, and low self-esteem. Meanwhile, we all miss out on the gifts their neurodivergent minds have to offer.

Divergent Mind is a long-overdue, much-needed answer for women who have a deep sense that they are "different." Sharing real stories from women with autism, ADHD, synesthesia, dyslexia, misophonia and more, Nerenberg explores how these brain variances present differently in women and dispels widely-held misconceptions (for example, it’s not that autistic people lack sensitivity and feeling, they have an overwhelming excess of it).

Nerenberg also offers us a path forward, taking readers through practical ways that innovative minds in healthcare, technology, and therapy are changing the way we communicate, how we design our homes and offices, and how we better support the people we care about—which has wide-ranging benefits for everyone, divergent or not.

It’s time to treat distress, not difference. When we let the variety of brain makeups we all have flourish, we create a better tomorrow for us all.

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Critical Praise

“Divergent Mind explores powerful and positive ways to understand our fundamental differences. Its focus on women is much needed and timely. The book de-pathologizes those of us who most profoundly and intensely think and feel the world around us. I found it to be eye-opening and healing.” - Mary Pipher, New York Times bestselling author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia

“This wonderfully positive and accessible introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm is packed with life-changing insight for anyone whose way of experiencing the world diverges from the ordinary.”  - Nick Walker, PhD, autistic neurodiversity scholar and aikido teacher

This book is powerful, much-needed for our times, and Jenara Nerenberg offers a unique blend of personal, scientific, and societal analysis. Divergent Mind is really for all women, giving them the chance to understand each others’ invisible differences and gifts.” - Elaine Aron, PhD, bestselling author of The Highly Sensitive Person

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062877499
  • ISBN 10: 0062877496
  • Imprint: HarperAudio
  • On Sale: 03/24/2020
  • BISAC1 : PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
  • BISAC2 : PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business

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