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    DescriptionSuccess through failure, calm through embracing anxiety--a totally original approach to self-help Self-help books don't seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth--even if you can get it--doesn't necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can't even agree on what "happiness" means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? Looking both east and west, in bulletins from the past and from far afield, Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that in our personal lives, and in society at large, it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. And that there is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid. Thought-provoking, counterintuitive, and ultimately uplifting, "The Antidote "is the intelligent person's guide to understanding the much-misunderstood idea of happiness.


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    Title
    The Antidote
    Subtitle
    Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Oliver Burkeman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 236
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780865478015
    ISBN 10: 0865478015
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    DC21: 158.1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    DC22: 158.1
    B&T General Subject: 670
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HE
    Libri: I-HE
    BIC subject category V2: VSPM
    Abridged Dewey: 158
    BISAC V2.8: PSY003000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SEL016000
    LC classification: BF575.H27 B86 2012
    Thema V1.0: VS
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    FABER & FABER
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for "The Guardian." He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association's Young Journalist of the Year Award and has been short-listed for the Orwell Prize. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, "This Column Will Change Your Life," and has reported from New York, London, and Washington, D.C. He lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "Burkeman's tour of the 'negative path' to happiness makes for a deeply insightful and entertaining book. This insecure, anxious and sometimes unhappy reader found it quite helpful." --Hector Tobar, "The Los Angeles Times ""Some of the most truthful and useful words on [happiness] to be published in recent years . . . A marvellous synthesis of good sense, which would make a bracing detox for the self-help junkie." --Julian Baggini, "The Guardian """The Antidote "is a gem. Countering a self-help tradition in which 'positive thinking' too often takes the place of actual thinking, Oliver Burkeman returns our attention to several of philosophy's deeper traditions and does so with a light hand and a wry sense of humor. You'll come away from this book enriched--and, yes, even a little happier." --Daniel H. Pink, author of "Drive "and "A Whole New Mind" "Quietly subversive, beautifully written, persuasive, and profound, Oliver Burkeman's book will make you think--and smile." --Alex Bellos, author of "Here's Looking at Euclid" "Addictive, wise, and very funny." --Tim Harford, author of "The Undercover Economist" "What unites [Burkeman's] travels, and seems to drive the various characters he meets, from modern-day Stoics to business consultants, is disillusionment with a patently false idea that something as complex as the goal of human happiness can be found by looking in a book . . . It's a simple idea, but an exhilarating and satisfying one." --Alexander Larman, "The Observer ""This is an excellent book; Burkeman makes us see that our current approach, in which we want happiness but search for certainty--often in the shape of material goods--is counterproductive." --William Leith, "The Telegraph ""Fascinating . . . After years spent consulting specialists--from psychologists to philosophers and even Buddhists--Burkeman realised they all agreed on one thing: . . . in order to be truly happy, we might actually need to be will