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Plays Well with Others: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know about Relationships Is (Mostly) Wrong

May 09, 2022

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From the author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Barking Up the Wrong Tree comes a cure-all for our increasing emotional distance and loneliness—a smart, surprising, and thoroughly entertaining guide to help build better friendships, reignite love, and get closer to others, whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, socially adept or socially anxious.

PlaysWellWithOthers.jpegCan you judge a book by its cover? 

Is a friend in need truly a friend indeed? 

Does love conquer all? 

Is no man an island? 

In Plays Well With Others, Eric Barker dives into these questions, drawing on science to reveal the truth beyond the conventional wisdom about human relationships. Combining his compelling storytelling and humor, Barker explains what hostage negotiation techniques and marital arguments have in common, how an expert con-man lied his way into a twenty-year professional soccer career, and why those holding views diametrically opposed to our own actually have the potential to become our closest, most trusted friends.

Leveraging the best evidence available—free of platitudes or magical thinking—Barker analyzes multiple sides of an issue before rendering his verdict. What he’s uncovered is surprising, counterintuitive, and timely—and will change the way you interact in the world and with those around you just when you need it most.



Eric Barker is the author of the bestseller Barking Up the Wrong Tree and the creator of the blog of the same name, which presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Time magazine, The Week, and Business Insider. A former Hollywood screenwriter, he has worked on projects for Walt Disney Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Revolution Studios. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from Boston College and a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA.


The books for this giveaway are being provided by HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. We have 20 copies available. The giveaway ends on Sunday, May15th. 

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