Satisfaction : The Science of Finding True Fulfillment

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"A discussion that is meaty, contemporary and expansive . . . Berns artfully blends social critique with technical expertise."--The Washington Post Book WorldIn a riveting narrative look at the brain and the power of novelty to satisfy it, Dr. Gregory Berns plumbs fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and evolutionary psychology to find answers to the fundamental question of how we can find a more satisfying way to think and live.We join Berns as he follows ultramarathoners across the Sierra Nevadas, enters a suburban S&M club to explore the deeper connection between pleasure and pain, partakes of a truly transporting meal, and ultimately returns home to face the challenge of incorporating novelty into a long-term relationship.In a narrative as compelling as its insights are trenchant, "Satisfaction" will convince you that the more complicated and even downright challenging a life you pursue, the more likely it is that you will be satisfied.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 131 x 202 x 20mm | 318g
  • Owl Books,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0805081313
  • 9780805081312

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"Berns has given us a fascinating and thought-provoking look at what science knows about finding fulfillment."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Nothing escapes the author's investigative eye . . . Berns's gumshoe approach to scientific theory offers its own proof that a fresh take on the familiar can be most gratifying."--"Fortune"
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About Gregory Berns

Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University. Profiled twice in the Science section of The New York Times, Berns and his research have been featured in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Money, New Scientist, Psychology Today, and on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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