Mastering Adulthood by Lara E Fielding

Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up


Whoever said being a grownup was easy? If you’re up to the challenge, Mastering Adulthood offers smart and entertaining strategies for dealing with difficult emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger, or even just a lack of motivation and uncertainty. More than just “adulting”-this book will give you the real emotional skills you need to thrive!

Whether you’re graduating from college, starting a career, trying to gain financial independence, or creating meaningful relationships-entering into the world of grownups can be more than a little overwhelming. And while there are plenty of fun books out there for young adults offering advice on how to fix a leaky faucet or find the right apartment, none really delve into the deeply emotional aspects of growing up.

In Mastering Adulthood, psychologist Lara Fielding offers evidence-based skills to help you cope with the feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and stress that may be getting in the way of living an independent, fulfilling adult life. Drawing on case examples from young adults she’s worked with in her private practice, Fielding provides empowering strategies and skills for managing difficult emotions using mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

When you experience big life changes that cause you stress, you need emotional flexibility to reach your goals and be your best self. Using the skills in this book, you’ll learn to take charge of your emotional habits, stop feeling stuck, and discover what really matters to you.


I was drawn to this book when I saw it on NetGalley as I have been going through a stressful and emotion period in my life and at times just didn’t feel I knew how to deal with whatever was happening.

Dr Fielding reminds the reader of the important of self-reflection. I found it to be an empowering book and I was impressed with the constructive solutions to help the reader through stressful times whilst being an enjoyable read. I personally enjoyed the meditation practices and the positive messages throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are open to guidance getting through a difficult period – we all have them!

My sincere thanks to NetGalley and New Harbinger Publications, Inc. for an advanced readers copy of ‘Mastering Adulthood’ by Lara E Fielding. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.


  • FORMAT: digital arc
  • LENGTH: 320 pages
  • PUBLISHER: John Murray
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 18 April 2019
  • ASIN: B07L97JM9M



Lara E. Fielding, PsyD, is a psychologist who specializes in using mindfulness-based therapies to manage stress and strong emotions. She studied the psychophysiology of stress and emotions at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Harvard; before getting her doctorate at Pepperdine University graduate school of education and psychology, where she is currently adjunct professor.

In her private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, she specializes in treating young adults challenged by the stresses of transitioning roles and responsibilities resulting in difficulties with mood, motivation, and emotion regulation. Her values mission, and aim of her work, is to empower young adults through self-awareness, bridge the gap between research and people, and lowering barriers to availability of science-based mental health interventions. She frequently offers trainings in the community, and freely shares the skills she teaches in her blogs on Thrive, and


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