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The Antidote Audiobook

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

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Publisher's Summary

The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid. It is a subversive, galvanizing message, which turns out to have a long and distinguished philosophical lineage ranging from ancient Roman Stoic philosophers to Buddhists. Oliver Burkeman talks to life coaches paid to make their clients’ lives a living hell, and to maverick security experts such as Bruce Schneier, who contends that the changes we’ve made to airport and aircraft security since the 9/11 attacks have actually made us less safe. And then there are the "backwards" business gurus, who suggest not having any goals at all and not planning for a company’s future.

Burkeman’s new audiobook is a witty, fascinating, and counterintuitive listen that turns decades of self-help advice on its head and forces us to rethink completely our attitudes toward failure, uncertainty, and death.

©2012 Oliver Burkeman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    SuperBabe 08-17-16
    SuperBabe 08-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Not at all what I was expecting. Pleasantly surprised! An insightful & interesting way of looking at things. The reader did a great job, too.

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    Flash 07-29-16
    Flash 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not really an antidote"

    I'm not really into existentialism, and this book was just a series of tangents with no real practical applications.

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    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-22-16
    Mindful Reader Berkeley, CA USA 07-22-16
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    "Nice change of pace"

    Tired of all the "get happy" books out there? Then try this. I enjoyed listening to Oliver Burkeman's narration and appreciated his dry sense of humor and his sincerity. His main point is that trying too hard to be happy can actually result in being less happy. It's truly a novel idea that you don't have to love what you are doing at all times every day, or that you can make the pain, sadness and disappointments in your life just magically disappear by following one method or another. Or that it is necessarily good to always look on the bright side. Burkeman's isn't telling us that we all have to go around being grumps, but when things go wrong or we get too attached to the right way for things to be, we are running away from thoughts and emotions that if we felt them and didn't resist them, would help us grow and maybe reset our whole idea of what "happiness" is.

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    Matt Stefanik, The Lifestyle Architect™ Waxhaw, NC 07-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting Perspective"

    I've always been in the positive thinking, "Believe and Achieve," "Think and Grow Rich" camp and I know the correlation it's had to my own life's journey. However, I can certainly appreciate the differenct and opposing perspectives here.

    I think some people have the misconception that, although we're all essentially after the same thing, there's only one way to go about it. I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to life, happiness, success, etc. Find what makes sense to you.

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    Jack L. Hines Altamonte Springs, FL United States 07-07-16
    Jack L. Hines Altamonte Springs, FL United States 07-07-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Attitude and therefore life changing material"

    I read all of the success books that a young person embarking on a career might read. I could never get on board with the outlandish claims and goals which did not align with reality. Read this book to put your yourself in the right frame of mind to allow success to or not to happen to you.

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    Eclectic 07-06-16
    Eclectic 07-06-16
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    "Lame, new age crap. Dude hates GW Bush"

    I tried to like it. The stuff about ascetics and Buddhists was kinda interesting. But, he droned on about GW Bush and lost me.

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    Crystal Golden Rose Wake 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "So pleased with this purchase "

    I was hesitant about getting yet another "self help" book, but I can say this is the first one that I feel has helped! I have always struggled to be positive, and that is just fine! I no longer feel like I am failing at life for my natural negative thought processes. I truly appreciate this book for giving me another point of view. Oliver Burkeman has a nice voice, I love it when an author records their own audio book.

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    Rebekah flower mound, tx, United States 06-29-16
    Rebekah flower mound, tx, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "An escape from worry"

    I enjoyed this book because it provides insight on how to appreciate the negative paths. Although I think I am a generally positive person, it may be because I am comfortable learning from whatever happens. This book explores embracing life as it is instead of worrying about the uncertainty. Made me happy to listen to it!

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    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 06-23-16
    Eben V Pelcyger Boulder, CO United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "really liked the book but needed asummary chapter"

    I really like the book and thought it presented really thoughtful of view of a balanced approach towards happiness and a balanced critique of positive thinking approaches to happiness. my favorite chapter was on self and other and this was woven into several later chapters but I wish the book ended with a more robust discussion of how the concepts laid out in the book interrelate

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    Aeron 06-23-16
    Aeron 06-23-16
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    "0 stars would cover it"

    This author is exhaustingly condescending, cynical, and negative. I suppose the title lives up to its content, and even though the summary intrigued me because it sounded creative and insightful, I regret this purchase. I eventually stopped listening just due to a lack of engaging material.

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