Status Anxiety (Paperback)
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Short Description for Status Anxiety The bestselling author of "The Consolation of Philosophy" addresses an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: what others think of us. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, de Botton examines the origins of status anxiety and reveals ingenious ways of overcoming it.
- Published: 10 May 2005
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780375725357 ISBN 10: 0375725350
- Sales rank: 9,941
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Full description for Status Anxiety
Anyone who' s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor' s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton' s irresistibly clear-headed new book, immediately. For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love. To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St. Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins. Whether it' s assessing the class-consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home-furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining. And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.