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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom / Edition 1
     

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom / Edition 1

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by Jonathan Haidt
 

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ISBN-10: 0465028020

ISBN-13: 9780465028023

Pub. Date: 12/15/2006

Publisher: Basic Books

"For the reader who seeks to understand happiness, my advice is: Begin with Haidt."
--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

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

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"For the reader who seeks to understand happiness, my advice is: Begin with Haidt."
--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465028023
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
30,143
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction: Too Much Wisdom     ix
The Divided Self     1
Changing Your Mind     23
Reciprocity with a Vengeance     45
The Faults of Others     59
The Pursuit of Happiness     81
Love and Attachments     107
The Uses of Adversity     135
The Felicity of Virtue     155
Divinity With or Without God     181
Happiness Comes from Between     213
Conclusion: On Balance     241
Acknowledgments     245
Notes     247
References     265
Index     291

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Happiness Hypothesis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. There is a tendency in reviewing contemporary psychological study to think about human activity in a scientific or sociological context, without addressing what it all adds up to, what it means. Mr. Haidt does a great job of weaving current research together with wisdom literature's common precepts, in a way that brings new focus on our humanity -- the best, the imperfect and the between.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author's chatty style helps provide a winding trip thru conventional wisdom (and sometimes its debunking), and a hearty blend of quotations, scientific studies, and blending of religion, philosophy and practicality. I found myself underlining numerous passages and considering this topic as it applies to me, my family, and the world around me. Ultimately, I suspect that I'm happier for taking the time to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bits of wisdom fly at us constantly from fortune cookies and the like. Perhaps because of this, you may only rarely stop to savor a great idea and make it your own. Author Jonathan Haidt provides a remedy to modern habits of superficial thinking with this accessible update on 10 great ancient philosophical themes, examined within a scientific framework of positive psychology. He demonstrates that the questions of the ages are still worth kicking around. We recommend this book to those who want to know why change is so difficult and happiness so elusive. It will give you plenty to think about and possibly change your life. At the least, it will point you in a positive direction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're ready to begin working on yourself and starting on the road to both understanding the underlying psychology and happiness, this is a great book. Practical, well-reseached, motivating without being too directive.
nicolette86 More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to this book as an introduction to emotional intelligence. I was dismayed to find that most quotations used to defend points were biblical. I could not finish the book after I got to the chapter on religion as I felt that is what the book had been about the whole time. There are certainly better books that present the science of emotion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The editorial reviews have done a nice job of reporting on the content & context of this book. I wish to report on the rewards of reading this book. I review a lot of material on happiness & other optimal emotion & mood states & I highly recommend The Happiness Hypothesis as an example of scholarly work written as a very pleasurable read. I appreciate this educator's focused & grounded recommendations for achieving a well-lived & loved life, amidst easy to assimilate constant, scholarly research. Pleasure, engagement, new perspectives, on top of great personal meaning, are tremendous rewards for reading a book. Wouldn't you agree?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this good to be a much deeper look at happiness that I thought it would be. The author examines the happiness condition from a number of different aspects and delves into the realms of psychology and philosophy searching for answers. The book is well written and easy to read but I also found it very engaging on an intellectual level. It provides a level of analysis that really makes you think and goes beyond the normal 'self help' style book. The author covers a lot of ground but does so in a very logical and well set out manner. I think the power of the book is that even though it covers some deep intellectual ground it can be read and understood by anyone. I really got a lot from this book and would recommend it to anyone
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Kentuckians More than 1 year ago
Good review and update on the psychology of happiness by an experienced university researcher. Happiness Hypotheses may have been a more appropriate title.
Carolyn-Janik More than 1 year ago
Haidt manages to bridge the gap between academic writing and material that "everyone" can not only read but also understand. The personal stories that he includes add warmth and reality to the theories!!
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