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.
It helps to read & think about opposing viewpoints. I don't buy it. The logic seems flawed but I recognize that my biases are in play. Maybe for some this works. To me much of it feels like running away
"Who says happiness is a valid goal in the first place?"
About ten minutes in the author said this and I knew I had picked up the right book.
The book happens to be one of many books on happiness which I have read and I'd have to say one of the best. His arguments against the positive thinking trend were interesting and thorough. His 'techniques' on how to achieve happiness through a negative path I find correlate with what I have also discovered over the past few years through my various readings. While I wasn't particularly looking for confirmation, it was nice to know that I wasn't the only one who subscribed to the positive thinking only way of life.
I appreciated the performance as well, he keep me interested and I nearly digested the book in one sitting because I couldn't turn it off.
Definitely a must-read for anyone interested in exploring their definition of happiness.
the author speaks in such a way that is almost impossible to not pay attention.
and the content is extremely thought provoking and profound.. I realize at3 years on the planet am actually a stoic Buddhist!
Très bien, surtout les 3 premiers chapitres. Le reste aussi est bien mais s'écarte du sujet du stoïcisme. Humour, excellente voix. Une lecture intéressante mais quand même plutôt légère.
I wondered if this might be an exercise in positive thinking mockery and nothing more, but it's really far from that. Lessons learned from the mistakes of the positive thinking camp are shared, sometimes sardonically, but the real meat of this book is in the detailed examples of the various ways in which people achieve happiness by not focusing on that as the goal.
I love it when an author presents their own work and Oliver Burkeman's reading here is a perfect example of why. He delivers The Antidote in tones both heartfelt and wry, as only someone who's been there and lived that can.
This book is thought provoking and I like the premise and the perspective it offers. I think it would be far better on a Kindle where I could highlight key concepts and things I would like to remember. I kept finding myself rewinding and re-listening to parts because I wanted to get the point of what he was saying and apply it to how I think or perceive the world. I just felt unfulfilled when the book was done, like having an in-depth discussion without a conclusion or obvious points I could easily apply. Again, I blame it partially on audio format. This book requires a little deeper thought and consideration. I am trying to decide if it is worth purchasing on the Kindle, but I understand the broad perspective and would be paying for a couple key concepts and illustrations that I found particularly valuable.
Oddly unsatisfying. Maybe I just didn't focus enough. If you have an issue with feeling happy or positive (which I do at times) I think its a good read; just not life-altering, but it does give one some insight.
It was factual and made sense.
The bits on goal setting where particularly stand out.
everyone should listen to this book.
Mr. Burkeman shares a sweeping journey of Epic proportions as he travels through key chains of though, practice, and research.
The sense of speed is breathtaking as he demolishes one cherished fantasy after another while authentically exploring alternatives.
If this is the only book you ever read on the nature of nature, then you picked the right one.
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