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In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change
We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety.
For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.
'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things'The Times
'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position'Daily Mail
'Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known quote'Daily Telegraph
'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for living'GQ
'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness'Daily Express
Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).
This is a book about an almost universal anxiety that rarely gets mentioned directly: an anxiety about what others think of us, about whether were judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. This is a book about status anxiety.
Alain de Botton, best-selling author of The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, askswith lucidity and charmwhere our worries about status come from and what, if anything, we can do to surmount them. With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, he examines the origins of status anxiety (ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends) before revealing ingenious ways in which people have been able to overcome their worries in the search for happiness. We learn about sandal-less philosophers and topless bohemians, about the benefits of putting skulls on our sideboards, and about looking at ancient ruins.
The result is a book that isnt just highly entertaining and thought-provoking, but that is genuinely wise and helpful, too.