©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)
I've purchased it for at least six different people. I read this book at the perfect time this year: this book prepared me for so much that came after I finished listening. Haidt's theories seem so well researched, and he has presented them with such care, in such a beautiful order. I love his breakdown of Love and think anyone in any sort of relationship or with aspirations to be in one should read it. And the way he's broken down meditation has given me a reference that has helped me through the much deeper study that I have gone on to after this book. Thank you, Jonathon Haidt.
The elephant and the rider. Brilliant. So true. And the chapter on love. Those stand out most, but I feel like I was bookmarking something in every chapter.
I'm afraid not. I listened to this after listening to the dynamic and humorous Brune' Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability" and this fell flat. I had to speed up the vocals to connect with the material. It was slow, laborious and just plain dull. It may have been the contrast between what I was already listening to and enjoying, but I have at 20 audible books on positive psychology and this one didn't stack up. I'm returning it.
On a more positive note, as far as happiness goes, I highly recommend "The Power of Vulnerability" by Brene'Brown, it's insightful, dynamic and I laughed out loud so many times that it's become a go to feel good audiobook for me. I haven't tired of it after 4-5 listens.
The author has managed to synthesize a large amount of ancient and contemporary wisdom with cutting-edge knowledge in a very elegant and intelligent way.
Inspired life-navigator, self employed twenty-something, a-book-a-week-minimum-listener, loyal sweetie to my family& buddha loving do-gooder
It is not all the time that a non-fiction book gives me that feeling at the end "oh god, no one else around just experienced that. It CAN'T be over!" SAVOR THIS ONE
This author is seasoned, clearly practices his insights and has looked at humankind from an extensive number of angles, from academia to Hindi temples to the insights of the hive mentality of bees to our own feelings of connections to the whole.
I cannot recommend this author and book enough.
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
Maybe the narrator. Just hard for me to listen to. Boring.
I will more selective from now on with all my credits and purchases.
Former Marine 4321, former State Department public diplomacy officer. Current USAF Public Affairs Specialist
This is an amazing book. It uses a sound scientific approach, evaluating data and coming to counter-intuitive conclusions. Those solid conclusions provide a kind of reinforcement for what, in many cases, we already knew, but weren't always able to articulate, particularly in justifying decision making with family and friends. This is solid analysis, not squishy self-help. It's a great listen. The narration is perfect in that I was never consciously aware of the fact that I was listening to an audiobook. Rather, I just felt like someone was sitting in the passenger seat of my car on my drive to work, telling me about this interesting new report they had seen. I read this book after reading Delivering Happiness because the Zappo's CEO said this book was one of the most influential he'd read.
I am most interested in the work of authors that focus on what works best for our mind, body and life. Life long learners - R US- would be a club I'd be interested in joining. :)
Jonathan Haidt is a master storyteller! He succeeds in making many key conclusions of both ancient and modern great thinkers/researchers readily accessible to the reader/listener. If you like this one...it is a foundational work for his book: The Righteous Mind: How good people are divided over politics and religion.
Check out his TED talks.
I especially liked: "The Righteous Mind - The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives".
NOTE: (his last name sounds similar to: kite & exactly like height)
This was an interesting read on the characteristics that combine to make people happier. The author pulled from ancient books and beliefs to discuss commonalities on what they say about being happy. The central thought of the book is that the mind is like a rider a top an elephant that is our will. The rider can coax and try to influence the elephant but it doesn't always do what the mind wants it to. Inspiring read
This is an insightful, no nonsense, and easy to understand. I have already recommended it to all my friends. A must listen.
The organization of the material into simple ideas.
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