Magazine article Psychology Today

We Are All Works in Progress

Magazine article Psychology Today

We Are All Works in Progress

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IT ALL STARTED as a weekend prank with a couple of friends in the 1980sAmy Alkon ("Hijacked No More") decided to dispense free advice on a street corner in New York City. Soon, her Ask the Advice Goddess column was running in more than a hundred publications across North America and, immersed in everything psychology could teach her, she was a regular at scientific conferences in disciplines from neuroscience to evolutionary psychology. Now, as the Science Advice Goddess, she doesn't just offer opinions. Whether writing about love, dating, manners, or anything else, she says, "Everything I do is informed by science." Always a voracious reader, Alkon, who is now based in Venice, California, is the author of three books. Her newest, Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living With Guts and Confidence, grew out of her odyssey. …

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