The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
Non Fiction, Science
In his widely praised book, award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt examines the world’s philosophical wisdom through the lens of psychological science, showing how a deeper understanding of enduring maxims-like Do unto others as you would have others do unto you, or What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger-can enrich and even transform our lives.
Length: 11 hours and 47 minutes
Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
From: Publishers Weekly
The spirit is ready nevertheless the flesh is weak, lamented St. Paul, and this engrossing scientific interpretation of typical lore backs him up with laborious data. Citing Plato, Buddha and classy thoughts science, psychologist Haidt notes the ideas is like an “elephant” of automated wants and impulses atop which acutely conscious intention is an ineffectual “rider.” Haidt sifts Eastern and Western religious and philosophical traditions for various nuggets of information to substantiate—and customarily critique—with the findings of neurology and cognitive psychology. The Buddhist-Stoic injunction to strong off worldly attachments in pursuit of happiness, as an example, is backed up by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s analysis into pleasure. And Nietzsche’s competitors that what wouldn’t kill us makes us stronger is taken under consideration in direction of evaluation into post-traumatic growth. An exponent of the “constructive psychology” movement, Haidt moreover offers wise suggestion on discovering happiness and which means. Riches don’t matter rather a lot, he observes, nevertheless shut relationships, quiet surroundings and temporary commutes help tons, whereas meditation, cognitive psychotherapy and Prozac are equally respectable therapies for constitutional unhappiness. Haidt typically seems reductionist, nevertheless his is an erudite, fluently written, stimulating reassessment of age-old factors.
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Using the data culled from the world’s largest civilizations as a foundation, social psychologist Haidt entails phrases with 10 Great Ideas, viewing them by a updated filter to be taught which of their courses ought to apply to fashionable lives. He first discusses how the ideas works after which examines the Golden Rule (“Reciprocity is essential software program for getting along with people”). Next, he addresses the problem of happiness itself–where does it come from?–before exploring the circumstances that allow growth and enchancment. He moreover dares to answer the question that haunts most everyone–What is the which means of life?–by as soon as extra drawing on historic ideas and incorporating newest evaluation findings. He concludes with the question of which means: Why do some uncover it? Balancing historic data and classy science, Haidt consults good minds of the earlier, from Buddha to Lao Tzu and from Plato to Freud, along with some not-so-greats: even Dr. Phil is talked about. Fascinating stuff, accessibly expressed.
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