Sense of Belonging

How to find your place in a fractured world

by Dr Holan Liang

  • Published: 17 Feb 2022
  • Price: 12.99
  • Format: Demy Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781780724683
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“Extraordinary, exceptional, incredibly timely.” PROFESSOR THALIA ELEY, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics

A sense of belonging – being liked, understood, accepted for who we are – is vital for our mental health. Whether it is fitting in at school, struggling to connect with colleagues in a new job, or just feeling out of place in our own family, we all, at various stages in our lives, find ourselves questioning our identity.

For Dr Holan Liang, one of the UK’s foremost psychiatrists, this crisis of identity cuts right to the heart of the modern epidemic of anxiety and depression.

In this ground-breaking book, she draws on her own experience as an immigrant to the UK, and on 20 years of caring for patients suffering from a range of mental health conditions, from depression and anxiety to ADHD and anorexia, to explore a radical new perspective on mental health.

Warm, wise and full of humanity, A Sense of Belonging will help you to: understand the causes of loneliness, reprioritise the people and things that matter, stop people-pleasing, and learn how to accept yourself in order to find genuine connection.

“Fascinating. An absolute must-have for anyone who wants to better understand identity and how we fit in (or don’t) with the world around us. ”
Professor Roz Shafran, Chair in Translational Psychology, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, and author of 'How To Cope When Your Child Can’t'

About Dr Holan Liang

Dr Holan Liang is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Born in Taiwan, she moved to the UK as a child and studied medicine and experimental psychology at Cambridge, before training in psychiatry at The Maudsley Hospital. As well as lecturing and teaching, Liang has written multiple peer-reviewed research papers and articles for the national press. A mother of two, she published 'Inside Out Parenting: How to Build Strong Children from a Core of Self-Esteem' in 2017.