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Anna Katharina Schaffner, Ph.D. is a writer, an mBIT coach, and an academic at the University of Kent. A literature scholar by training, she is interested in what we can learn from history and the power of stories and metaphors to inspire us to become better versions of ourselves. She is currently completing a long cultural history of the idea of self-improvement, to be published by Yale University Press in 2021. In Self-Improvement: A History, she will argue that the urge to improve ourselves is an existential human desire with a long and rich history extending back to ancient China, and from which we have much to learn. She is also the author of Exhaustion: A History (2016) and the novel The Truth About Julia (2016).

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