©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)
Truly insightful. I find a lot of self-help books patronizing, unrealistic, and repetitive. This on the other hand doesn't offer simplistic slogans, but rather an academically and philosophically grounded overview of human nature and happiness. It makes you think.
The writer sometimes took quite a distance from the views he reported, contrasting different arguments, so it can feel a bit contradictory sometimes and I wasn't left with very clear, stand-out conclusions. On the other hand, I think there's so much subtle wisdom in there that it warrants a second listen.
So, if you are analytical, I recommend it.
Probably not. Began with some interesting facts, but after awhile it became tedious. I felt like I should have been taking notes.
Delivery was good.
The research involved reflected on the unbiased approach to such a large array of topics about human behavior and sense of self. It not only made me contempt with my own humanity but it provided tools to improve my self appraisal as well as that my surroundings.
The fact that the author not only references pertinent research but challenges it in an unbiased way that makes it all come together. It just made sense to me.
Very well narrative and engaging tone that follows the spirit of the story.
Life is what we deem of it. I will strive to train my elephant.
The essence of the information. I feel humans lose sight of what we're searching for, which should be happiness. Contentedness. We attach money to the goal, thinking that's the way, and from then on the search isn't for happiness; it's for money, affluence, material gain, status. This book helps to align our perception of what happiness is, and affirms the simplicity that it implies.
Top 5 books to read this year.....
I would have listened in one sitting if I could have.
Amazing, I would definitely listen to again and again. I have recommended this book to many people already. Will change the way you look at the world.
Yes. It is packed with so much information, you almost have to listen to it AT LEAST twice. Depending on where you may lay on the happiness scale, listening to parts can be uplifting because of the understanding it imparts.
It was useful how thoroughly the author deconstructed the idea of happiness. It fostered an awareness that puts one more in control of something that may (or may not) be something one struggles to maintain.
That some individuals have a biology that is geared more towards happiness but there is a web of areas that an individual can take action in to raise their happiness no matter where their biology lands in this happiness scale.
I highly recommend this book.
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.
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