Status Anxiety

2004 Psychology 4.14K Views 3 Comments
We care about our status for a simple reason: because most people tend to be nice to us according to the amount of status we have (it is no coincidence that the first question we tend to be asked by new acquaintances is ‘ What do you do?’). With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, the book 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 learnt to overcome their worries in their search for happiness. It aims not only to be entertaining, but wise and helpful as well.

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  • brian rose 4 years ago

    This is really an amazing documentary.

    I especially enjoy part 6. If you find this doc is moving too slowly, then skip to episode 6. You'll get a good summary thats very well stated and elaborately laid out.

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  • Knottyrich 5 years ago

    its real simple...people have grown to associate THINGS with happiness, success, whatever. no one wants to be simple and plain , and just enjoy smiles, trees, birds...etc. you've never ever never be even the tiny bit happy if your goal is based on acquiring stuff.

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  • Knottyrich 5 years ago

    its real simple...people have grown to associate THINGS with happiness, success, whatever. no one wants to be simple and plain , and just enjoy smiles, trees, birds...etc. you've never ever never be even the tiny bit happy if your goal is based on acquiring stuff.

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