©2006 Jonathan Haidt; (P)2007 Gildan Media
"I don't think I've ever read a book that laid out the comtemporary understanding of the human condition with such simple clarity and sense." (The Guardian, UK)
"A delightful book...by some margin the most intellectually substantial book to arise from the 'positive psychology' movement." (Nature)
"Fascinating stuff, accessibly expressed." (Booklist)
Dr. G. Derrick Hodge
It would have been much better if it had not been written by a psychologist.
Characteristically, with the exception of a few chapters, he reduces everything to individual-level dysfunction. Everything is interpreted superficially, the way that psychologists tend to do (I am an anthropologist). He misrepresents evolutionary science to fit his obsession with individualism. This is surely not intentional; psychology is not a well regarded social science precisely because its myopia causes its practioners and theorists to really think that they are thinking expansively. Occasionally, the author does have good ideas, but to get there we have to muddle through hours and hours of a cataloguing of psychological research.
Like most producers of audiobooks, the producers of this one seem completely disinterested in whether or not the reader knows how to pronounce foreign words and names.
Yes, as mentioned above. But there are far, far better sources that say the same thing, in a much better way. Ultimately, the author wants to make a contribution and his ideas may even be correct, but they are trapped in the logical mire and theoretical simplicity of his discipline.
Possibly paperback readers.
The audio needs to be done much better. The reading was so boring I could not get through. He needs to hire a better voice and maybe restructure the book with more than just study results.
I bought this book, because I wanted to read the latest one, but no audio version was published.
Monotone, impossible to get into
Anger. Not the content, but the delivery.
I am a patient listener who pays deep attention to books, not a rookie.
I +1 Books.
Examples with actionable steps. So many AHA moments. It's the book for all people who are looking for answers about our minds.
The idea that we prefer more options, but we can choose/buy when we have less options.
I believe this is the only book I've read which have so many AHA moments. So many answers for questions. Why we do what we do? Why we are happy?
This was my 1st audio book and I have not read the print version.
One of my most memorable discussions was the explanation on how we humans got our "big heads" and all the work that goes into educating, training and carrying around our "big head" babies - I have two so I can relate. It was interesting to identify with some of the ways we deliberately yet unintentionally create "unhappiness" in our lives by isolating ourselves by moving farther from our jobs for bigger homes, driving more expensive cars, and going into debt by buying stuff we think will make us happy, when all along if we do the opposite like reduce our commute times in traffic, live within our means and think twice about how we spend our time and money, we could reduce our stress thereby living a happier existence.
No this was my 1st one
I enjoyed this very much. I had some apathy at 1st since it was a gift from my father whom I felt was obviously making a judgment call on my level of happiness, but I was presently surprised that the audio had more of a psychology/philosophy flair as it related numerous anchient wisdoms all from different ages but all ultimately saying the same thing and completely relatable to present time.
Listening to the analysis of the research gave such clarity to a usually philosophical subject.
The science behind the brains evolution helps you to understand human nature.
7 Habits of highly effective people - thorough research leads to a conclusion on human nature rather than a persons own experiences or a motivational approach.
From the first chapter I was enthralled in Positive Psycholgy. It made so much sense and I believe it can help people change their lives.
Fairly heavy on the science of psychology, which I found very interesting but others may find heavy going.
This is by far the best audio book I've listened to. The subject is captivating and the narration is professional. The Happiness Hypothesis is perhaps a misnomer. This is an easy to digest overview of the interrelated aspects of the self, personality and society - something we all need to understand - and as such the insights are priceless. Haidt quotes liberally from scholars from the early days of philosophy through to current trends in psychology (as that is his area of expertise), to help the listener to build an understanding of the human condition and where and how we fit into the world around us from a pscho-social-philosophical point of view, but its always presented in an easy to digest format. I've been looking for a good all-rounder book to recommend to others who want to learn more about life interactions - and this is the one. I know I'll listen to this a few times over the years, to keep it fresh in my mind. Highly recommended.
I expected a modern guide to creating more happiness in every day life, but when author concluded Chapter 3 by including Prozac in the list of things that can give you happiness, decided this book is not about the kind of happiness I'm looking for.
The voice of the reader is too monotone. It sounds like you're listening to an audio Bible.
Boredom and disappointment
This book made me unhappy because it was about what everyone else said and did not contain original ideas. What Budda said, somebody else said is not so interesting. I am interested in what the author himself thinks.
I would recommend it only to those that can handle a good amount of technical jargon and presentation. The book had interesting points, but I often got lost and had to rewind due to my brain tuning out the technical speak. Additionally, even though this book was raved about in a trusted book club, I don't understand what all the commotion was about. Maybe most of the information just wasn't new to me.
The concepts were mostly easy to follow, but only because I have a background in neurobiology and psychology. The concepts were too technical for the general population, and for those that are not detail oriented.
No. I don't know what else the author would tell us, and whatever he did try to say would likely be too technical. I.e. information is often less compelling if it's not delivered well. I doubt that the author would deliver well additional information in a follow-up book.
The history seems good but the narrator didn't let me finish the book. I'll try some Redbull before listening this book again.
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