Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and author. She was born in 1979, in Maine, USA.

Morin grew up in Maine, and her life underwent a dramatic change after her mother passed away when Morin was just twenty-three. Three years later, Morin lost her husband. These devastating losses inclined Morin to become interested in psychology and mental health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in social work from the University of New England.

Morin is best known for her bestseller, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, which has been translated into over forty languages. She has also authored another couple of books, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do and 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do.

Morin has worked as a therapist and college psychology instructor. She has also written for publications such as Forbes. She is a sought-after speaker on topics such as mental fortitude, resilience, and emotional well-being. Morin has appeared at events like TEDx and the Women’s Leadership Conference.

She lives with her husband and two children in Maine.


13 Things Strong Women Don’t Do is a self-help book authored by Amy Morin. Over the course of the book, the author discusses the thirteen habits that strong women avoid to maintain their mental toughness, emotional strength, and overall well-being. These thirteen practices that strong women look to elude are:

  • comparing themselves to other people,
  • insisting on perfection,
  • seeing vulnerability as a weakness,
  • letting self-doubt stop them from reaching their goals,
  • overthinking everything,
  • avoiding tough challenges,
  • fearing breaking the rules,
  • putting others down to lift themselves up,
  • letting others limit their potential,
  • blaming themselves when something goes wrong,
  • staying silent,
  • feeling bad about re-inventing themselves, and
  • downplaying their successes.

Through personal anecdotes and evidence-based research, Morin illustrates how these thirteen habits can limit a woman’s potential and how avoiding them can lead to a more fulfilling, successful life. She also extends practical advice and exercises for readers to become mentally strong enough to overcome these habits.


The sheer simplicity of 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do makes it a really good read. The book offers simple yet powerful techniques for all those women who are plagued by self-doubt.

13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy Morin

Some of the mantras Morin has shared will come in handy for men and women alike. She has shared case studies, science, and data to support her thirteen points. Besides, the writing is humane and extremely relatable to our own lives.


We absolutely loved this book. Considering how effective it can be if one really sets their mind to the steps shared in the book, there isn’t much room to critique the author’s research.


You do not need to pay attention to those voices within you that create pain, or make you feel less competent, smart or able.

Sanaya Roman

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


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Ameya would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially women who find it hard to fulfill their potential due to their insecurities. All things considered, 13 Things Strong Women Don’t Do is an inspiring read that encourages women to take control of their lives, embrace challenges, and develop a resilient mindset.

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