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The Antidote Audiobook

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

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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.

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    HIYBRID 02-09-13
    HIYBRID 02-09-13

    Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"

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    "What if Tony Robbins was a midget"

    or cripple in stead of 6'5" with a yard of teeth in his face, would he be so damn smiley and positive.... positively dedicated to taking your money???
    I loved this telling of the story of middle earth, not manic, not depressed. Quietly exhuberant, moderately extreem. Cautiously optimistic or cautiously pessimistic? WE all know the glass is half full at best and less full at others. I felt Mr. Burkeman explored the possiblity of finding happiness within three deviations of the mean and it is all very well indeed. I have never found it any other way in life. It's good, not excellent not lousy, just good and a good life a thoughtfull life. I can do that.

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    Tilo 02-16-13
    Tilo 02-16-13 Member Since 2012

    Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout

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    "Doesn't make me feel better"

    Wow, I really thought that this book would be for me. And it is in a way, but he's talking to the already converted. I think most of us aren't cheery happy go lucky people 100% of the time.

    This book spends a good amount of time debunking "feel good" motivating books and makes fun about how nonsensical they are. It has a bunch of facts and "logic" on its side but is too dry and intellectual.

    I just didn't find it helpful. A half wit already knows this stuff. I'm already a cynic and critical of books like "The Secret", but at least it made me feel better when I resigned myself to being brain washed by it.

    Yes, we supposed to use reason to solve our problems, we have to face reality and wishful thinking doesn't really solve any real problems and actually things can get worse if you ignore bad things creeping up on you.

    Shrug, I'm still depressed. I need something to motivate me. This wasn't it.

    Oh, and he talks with a lisp, or close to. Its not too bad, but he should have gotten a professional reader.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pasadena, CA USA 12-21-12
    Amazon Customer Pasadena, CA USA 12-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad -would've liked more concrete EG's"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While I like the topic and did enjoy the book, I do wish there was a bit more of concrete examples. This may be my personal preference for the way examples are presented.The author does give numerous examples couched within his stories. Considering how the book began: describing in detail the self-help, motivational industry he is tearing apart a bit, I was hoping for a few more direct examples of Stoics, and even, perhaps some references to additional info.As an example, currently another best seller is the Power of Habit. While a good book in describing stuff that has happened, I was hoping for some direct examples of how to address the power of habit process they describe in the book. Maybe I am old school but I think if I hear a bunch of stories saying, "Look what we're telling you and isn't this great".....Then I believe, that means, the author may have insights into what they have found, works for habits.With The Antidote, the author described a great number of people, situations, etc, that, in my opinion, say, "Look what I discovered and am sharing with you here".....While many of these stories were good, I was looking for some other conclusions and perhaps event eh authors opinion for what I can do to learn more about the topic.I will keep this book and will look for others. Considering I have not found many on this topic I think it is a good read/listen


    Would you recommend The Antidote to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, unless I found a better title on the topic


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Oliver Burkeman?

    not sure, he is ok. The audio is comfortable to listen to, but the subject may have benefited from another reader, just a bit


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    Jed Lavoie 09-19-17
    Jed Lavoie 09-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "An en enjoyable read"

    I enjoyed this book. I too have been on the positive thinking bandwagon and have found myself a bit overloaded. it is nice to see a perspective from the other side.

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    09-11-17
    09-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "solid."

    for the most part, solid. cuts to the chase. avoids bullshit very well. good stuff.

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    Leticia Moreno-Romagnoli 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

    Just the type of book I wanted to read. As a reader of books such as Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Eckhart Tolle, Brendon Burchard, Og Mandingo, Napoleón Hill, this is exactly the book I feel I needed to read. To give me an insight into the opposing view of what I enjoy reading. Loved it from beginning to end, awesome research & observations on the fact that is okay to simply be, faults & all.

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    Daryl O'Neill Gilbert, AZ 08-24-17
    Daryl O'Neill Gilbert, AZ 08-24-17
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    "Refreshing look at the power of negativity!"

    Wow! The explanations of stoicism, Buddhism, and embracing of death are eye-opening in light of our ever positively pushing contemporary society. Excellent listening! Highly recommended for any stage of life.

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    Nathan Rawls 08-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Interesting and useful"

    Quite a thoughtful book about happiness, purpose, goal setting and all related things. Oliver had a refreshingly unique take on these issues. Well worth a listen! I will revisit this book regularly.

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    Alessandro Fadini New York, USA 08-12-17
    Alessandro Fadini New York, USA 08-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Talks about his Mexico vacation"

    Mmmm I couldn't retain much out of this book. It's very diluted, only hinting at stoic philosophy, Tolle and how positive thinking fails. Also it's clearly written to make it longer because publishers have problems marketing short books.

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    Tony Woods Cross, UT, United States 08-08-17
    Tony Woods Cross, UT, United States 08-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Well written"

    First, I would like to point out that this book very well written. The author clearly has a gift for writing and expression.

    As far as the content, I felt the author took certain liberties in minimizing the effects of positive thoughts reducing them to trite expressions and foolishness. For example, to point out how a proponent of positive thoughts fails in some endeavor is a giant leap of assumption in regard to the affects of his thought and the overall condition of his life.

    I found the book thought provoking for sure. However, I won't be so quick to give up my positive thought life in favor of pursuing negativity and death for the jolt in life it might give me.

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