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Dr. Tessa West is Professor of Psychology at New York University, where she is a leading expert on the science of social relationships.

Her academic research and writing for the media focuses on how to improve communication between employees, bosses, and hiring professionals across workplace settings. She has over 100 academic publications and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Her work has been covered by Scientific American, the New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, CNN, CNBC, ABC World News, TIME, Bloomberg, HBR, Fast Company, and the US Supreme Court. Her first book Jerks at Work published to rave reviews.

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A psychologist’s guide to finding your most fulfilling job yet

Available July 23, 2024

Job Therapy


In Job Therapy, Dr. Tessa West helps you figure out the real reason you’re unhappy and shows you how to find a new position in which you’ll thrive

When we’re unhappy in our jobs, we often attribute our frustration to a bad manager, boring tasks, and stressful workloads. But our dissatisfaction at work usually stems from a deeper psychological need that’s not being met at work, like not getting the recognition you deserve.

In Job Therapy, Dr. Tessa West helps you figure out the real reason you’re unhappy and shows you how to find a new position in which you’ll thrive, whether in a different role, company, or new industry altogether.

This is not just a book; it’s a career lifeline for those looking to find — or reignite — the passion that fuels their professional lives.”

Through her research interviewing thousands of people who have recently switched jobs or undergone career changes, she found there are five common sources of career frustration:

  • having an identity crisis – does your sense of self no longer match your job?
  • you’ve drifted-apart – do you no longer recognize the job you once loved?
  • you’re torn between places – are you taking on too many roles at work, switching tasks too often, or stuck between two paths?
  • you’re the runner up – do you always feel like you keep coming in second?
  • you’re the underappreciated star – are you crushing it at work, but the people around you aren’t recognizing your performance?

Dr. West will guide you through a working week audit to help identify your unique psychological stressors and use that knowledge to understand what you want your future career/next job to look like. Presenting cutting-edge insights on networking and hiring, from Dr. West’s interviews with over 1,500 professional recruiters, Job Therapy will help you land your best role yet – one that guarantees happiness for years to come.

Praise for Job Therapy

This is not just a book; it’s a career lifeline for those looking to find — or reignite — the passion that fuels their professional lives.”

— Charles Duhigg, author of bestsellers Supercommunicators and The Power of Habit

Work can help you recover from trauma – or it can cause trauma. Which is your job doing? Job Therapy can help you figure it out and make a plan for a brighter future.”

— Kim Scott, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Candor

In Job Therapy, Tessa West, one of psychological science’s brightest stars, brilliantly diagnoses the common work issues we face and provides actionable, science-based solutions to address them.”

— Ethan Kross, international bestselling author of Chatter

Job Therapy is a valuable tool. It’s a must-read for anyone feeling dissatisfied with their job and wondering what they should do next.”

— Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Indistractable and Hooked

Like a good therapy session, Job Therapy will help you understand why you’re unhappy in your job. If you want to find work that excites and fulfills you, this incisive book is your holy grail!”

— Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of Cues and Captivate

A powerful, science-packed tool for increasing happiness at work.”

— Jonah Berger, Wharton Professor and bestselling author of Contagious and The Catalyst

Job Therapy is the consummate manual for mending less-than-ideal jobs, and Tessa West is a superb guide. Highly recommended!”

— Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Anatomy of a Breakthrough and Irresistible

This empowering, science-backed handbook will help you better understand your relationship with your job and how to improve it.”

— Katy Milkman, national bestselling author of How to Change
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We all face uncomfortable situations at work. By learning how to navigate them, leaders can boost their teams' productivity, creativity, and innovation.

Tessa speaks on a number of topics including:

  • How to Improve Relationships at Work: A Leader's Guide to Better Work Cultures
  • Job Therapy: The 5 Main Sources of Employee Unhappiness (and How to Resolve Them)
  • The Problem With Being Too Nice at Work: How to Foster Effective Feedback
  • How to Read People More Accurately

For questions about speaking engagements, please contact Charles Yao, Director of Speakers at the Lavin Agency, at [email protected], or visit Tessa’s Lavin Agency speaker page.