Do you worry about how well you're doing? Are you envious of your friends' success? Are you suffering from status anxiety? 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 his 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.
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 but playful manuals for living GQ Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness Daily Express
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: May 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1