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.
I listen to multiple books a week. Most are non fiction, of the success, self help, business, life hacking, variety. While most are well structured and present great arguments, few are original or efficacious. This book is the only book that I've immediately listened to a second time because of the insights and positive changes it engendered.
All encompassing buffet of philosophies and current research into how to live deeply. The reporter leads you around the world and through the millennia at a comfortable pace that will nonetheless leave your head spinning! The radical ideas are grounded by touches of his British sarcasm. Before I finished listening I wanted to share this book with all of my friends and plan to listen to it many more times! Know that you were not the emotions and mental chatter the drift through your mind, know that life is not certain and happiness is not permanent, know that there are no neat solutions and conclusions, know that you could die any time, and know...
Oliver has penned one of the few "self-help" books that I not only can appreciate in true practical terms, but also a book I fully intend on purchasing as a physical copy to come back to many times in the future.
Positive thinking has always been a challenge for me, and I've long held my inability to do so as a detriment. But here, Oliver paints that as a benefit, the first step towards a more realistic, grounded, tangible tranquility that addresses all of the human condition, both it's peaks and it's chasms, rather than blindly chasing its heights so that you don't notice, and ultimately fall into, its depths ill prepared. Far from a step by step guide, it is instead a toolkit, presenting concepts that you can internalize, reflect on, and expand to better come to terms with everything from being cut off on the freeway to your own inevitable mortality.
I can't recommend this book enough.
Held my interest and really made me think. I do not read self help books but do enjoy philosophy. Seeing that this book included Stoic ideas made me decide to give it a try. So glad I did. The book is well written and researched. I also loved the narration.
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
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