Book Review: Popular by Mitch Prinstein

Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed WorldPopular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World by Mitch Prinstein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A completely fascinating book analysing years of research into the correlation between childhood popularity and outcomes in later life. Some of the longitudinal studies are fascinating. Basically, if you were well liked at school (not necessarily the same as having Popular kid status), you’ll be a happier, more balanced adult. We all knew that, really. But there’s interesting theories as to why that is – the evolutionary advantages of being social, the ability to perceive threats etc.

The style is very accessible and it’s an informative and interesting read. There are references at the back if you’re inclined to go find the original research.

If you’re a parent of a tiny baby, or expecting, or even the sort of person who is beat yourself up about your parenting skills, you might find that the last couple of chapters make you question your every interaction with your baby…

Overall, a great popular science book (see what I did there?).

I received a copy from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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