Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection

Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection

Social Chemistry will utterly transform the way you think about “networking.” Understanding the contours of your social network can dramatically enhance personal relationships, work life, and even your global impact. Are you an Expansionist, a Broker, or a Convener? The answer matters more than you think. . . . 

Yale professor Marissa King shows how anyone can build more meaningful and productive relationships based on insights from neuroscience, psychology, and network analytics. Conventional wisdom says it's the size of your network that matters, but social science research has proven there is more to it. King explains that the quality and structure of our relationships has the greatest impact on our personal and professional lives. As she shows, there are three basic types of networks, so readers can see the role they are already playing: Expansionist, Broker, or Convener. This network decoder enables readers to own their network style and modify it for better alignment with their life plans and values.

High-quality connections in your social network strongly predict cognitive functioning, emotional resilience, and satisfaction at work. A well-structured network is likely to boost the quality of your ideas, as well as your pay. Beyond the office, social connections are the lifeblood of our health and happiness. The compiled results from dozens of previous studies found that our social relationships have an effect on our likelihood of dying prematurely—equivalent to obesity or smoking.

Rich stories of Expansionists like Vernon Jordan, Brokers like Yo-Yo Ma, and Conveners like Anna Wintour, as well as personal experiences from King's own world of connections, inform this warm, engaging, revelatory investigation into some of the most consequential decisions we can make about the trajectory of our lives.

Title:Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781524743802
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    Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection Reviews

  • Heather

    The author divides people into 3 different types of networkers: expansionists, brokers, and conveners. She goes on to explain each one and give examples, but it read like a dry business book when I wa...

  • Joyce

    Networking is generally seen as a necessary evil, and talking about it strategically can practically get you labelled a sociopath or a user. In that sense this is quite a brave book. Whether it's trul...

  • Scott Wozniak

    The author identifies three styles of relating to others: brokers, conveners and expansionists. Brokers have multiple pools of friends/colleagues who are very diverse--they are the go-between with one...

  • Vinayak

    Social Chemistry is one of the most insightful books I’ve read on social networks and human behavior. Professor King has done a masterful job on her research and explained complex concepts in unders...

  • Haley

    I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads giveaway. The only way to read this book is with a highlighter, pen, and notepad. Each chapter delivers sound advice with several eye-opening ...

  • Bonnie Ward

    I quite enjoyed it and found the book fascinating drawing parallels to user research and interacting with those within and outside a specific circle....

  • Kalle Wescott

    I read /Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection/, by Marissa King:https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-re...Malcolm Gladwell, in /The Tipping Point/, broke useful networkers and busi...

  • Lydia Wallace

    Social Chemistry will utterly transform the way you think about “networking.” Understanding the contours of your social network can dramatically enhance personal relationships, work life, and even...

  • Janis Caplan

    This is a book that has much to teach about interpersonal relationships. Beyond its applications to the work place it also explores the social dynamics in the connections we make within our families, ...

  • Eric Sall

    This book explores human networks and the three key styles people have - expansionists, conveners and brokers. Humanized with specific anecdotes, the book was mainly a synthesis of dozens of related r...