In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change
We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety.
For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.
'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things'The Times
'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position'Daily Mail
'Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known quote'Daily Telegraph
'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for living'GQ
'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness'Daily Express
Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life;The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.
Per sfatare falsi miti e riportare l’attenzione su ciò che ciascuno di noi considera importante indipendentemente da tutto.
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Psicologia spiccia con tanti riferimenti bibliografici....Continua
Status anxiety. Keeping up with the Joneses. Climbing the social ladder. Whatever you call it, you know how it feels. My parents sure know how it feels, for in my entire life they've been indoctrinating me with the importance of "status". Unfortunately for them - but fortunately for me - I never heed their call. The truth is, not caring about one's status (especially in the eyes of others) is the most liberating feeling one can have.
I'd recommend this book to my parents. But is there a Chinese version of this book?...Continua
When you are offered two jobs, one with $50k and your colleagues got $30k, another one with $60k and your colleagues got 80k, which one would you take?
If inequality is the nature and you cannot alter, there is no dis-satisfaction. However, with the evolution of society and technical advancement in 18th/19th century, the rigid class hierarchy was disintegrated. People are judged by financial achievement, esp you are compared with the group like you. Being poor means unsuccessful and lack of talents. All these contribute to "Status Anxiety", worry of failure, disrespect, etc.
This book talks about the origins of the formation of these culture and how Art, Philosophy, Religion, etc help to get back the peace of mind.
It is not a self help book. The "Causes" part provides food for my self reflection while the "Solutions" is rather dogmatic....Continua
This book won't help you with your status anxiety but could serve as an introduction to how (Western) civilization has handled this issue, interesting. I often skipped the parts where Alain tries to talk his reader out of the anxiety over status....Continua