Status Anxiety

Status Anxiety Anyone who s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton s irresistibly clear headed new book immediately For in its pages a master explicat

  • Title: Status Anxiety
  • Author: Alain de Botton
  • ISBN: 9780375725357
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anyone who s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton s irresistibly clear headed new book, immediately For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love To demonsAnyone who s ever lost sleep over an unreturned phone call or the neighbor s Lexus had better read Alain de Botton s irresistibly clear headed new book, immediately For in its pages, a master explicator of our civilization and its discontents turns his attention to the insatiable quest for status, a quest that has less to do with material comfort than with love To demonstrate his thesis, de Botton ranges through Western history and thought from St Augustine to Andrew Carnegie and Machiavelli to Anthony Robbins.Whether it s assessing the class consciousness of Christianity or the convulsions of consumer capitalism, dueling or home furnishing, Status Anxiety is infallibly entertaining And when it examines the virtues of informed misanthropy, art appreciation, or walking a lobster on a leash, it is not only wise but helpful.

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    1. "Status Anxiety" by Alain De Botton is a sparkly book that, for the most part, I enjoyed immensely. However, like other readers, I have some problems with it.First of all, a gentle reminder to everyone who approaches a "philosophical" book like this one: all this rationalizing of reality can be helpful sometimes, but it is often overestimated, especially by academics. Even though it should be obvious, people tend to forget that reality stays exactly the same, with or without philosophical analys [...]

    2. this book claims to be absent any original ideas. It cites long (and I mean long) standing philosophical precepts, draws on well worn wisdom and largely repeats what has already been said.what's remarkable then is that it does so in such a clear and erudite manner that nearly every part of it--and it follows the whole would--makes sense. fundamentally offers no cure for status anxiety (as there isn't one) but it does give great insight into its roots, and some of the ways people have managed it [...]

    3. I loved this book. However, if you're going to read it, be ready to analyze your life, question your ambition and search for ways in which you can better treat your fellow humans.I love comparitive philosophy. I especially love it when it's well-researched and well-written. Alain's style is conversational and informative but he doesn't come of sounding academic and esoteric. You learn from his research that our modern day obsession with 'stuff' isn't a modern convention. I loved this book and re [...]

    4. I've read other books by de Botton and (unlike some readers) enjoyed his chatty style and self-deprecating anecdotes. This book is less personal and has more of an essay feel, but the modus operandi is still graceful, readable synthesis and organisation of material from various philosophers. He aims to explain and offer relief for 'status anxiety' in a culture, 'the West', where status is conferred by wealth. I found this book helpful, as I quickly realised that I can explain my attitude to 'Wes [...]

    5. When I drop my daughter off to her Early Learning Centre in the mornings, I sometimes hop out of the car and away from it with her as quickly as I can. Anxiety about my old Toyota Corolla with the salt-affected roof, and the missing wing mirror actually produces changes in my behaviour which have been frustrating, annoying me. These parents at my daughter's ELC have Mercs, Cayennes. At the very least; large, clean, new cars. It was with this particular instance in mind that I approached Status A [...]

    6. Underwhelmed. Botton is erudite, eloquent, wide-ranging, interested and interesting. He claims that we are consumed by status, and status anxiety, because we lack something more profound than the material satisfactions can hope to be. Veritas. He offers quite a few alternatives to the snobbery and mendacity which is obvious to many, if not most, in conspicuous consumption. But that's sort of the problem- it's all possibility, perspective. Botton diagnoses the problem, surely, and has a lot of le [...]

    7. Alain de Botton'un bir filozof olması sebebiyle açıkçası esere başlarken biraz korkarak yaklaştım. Konunun ağır olacağını ve anlatımın beni zorlayacağını düşünmüştüm. Esere başladığım anda bu düşüncelerim tamamen kayboldu ve kendimi inanılmaz bilgilendirici bir kitabın içinde buldum. Statünün tanımı, tarihsel olarak varoluşu, endişenin sebepleri ve baş etme yöntemleri gibi bir çok konuda bilgi veriyor. Anlatım aşamasında o kadar düşünür, yazar, [...]

    8. Entertaining, but not his best: I'm usually quite a fan of Alain de Botton's writing but I found this book a little disappointing. De Botton has a consistent style and approach: a light-touched, urbane tour of the great minds, usually in search of resolutions to widespread issues or questions, in this case the causes and potential solutions to status anxiety. It is a pick and mix of philosophy, art and economics: not in such large chunks as to be indigestible and sweetened with wit and amusing e [...]

    9. Really interesting. I don't tend to read this kind of thing, but I saw his TED talk about status, and despite status being something I don't think about a lot, his delivery was interesting and he had some solid ideas. The book's a short philosophical exercise that goes through causes, and then solutions, of anxiety we feel about status. Both run the gamut from religion, politics, lovelessness, history, and other ways of looking at how we've looked at life over the last couple millennia. Do we pu [...]

    10. I thought it was good but not amazing when I read it, but now that a few months have passed I think of it fairly often. I ended up quoting it in my book and it turned me on to a handful of other writers I now like (and Gustave Dore's awesome drawings of future cities in ruins from the 1800s). The book can be a bit dense at times and I think that is why I had trouble with it at first, but it is full of important digressions and memorable lessons. For instance, the purpose of tragedy in Greek soci [...]

    11. What a delightful book! So original, thought provoking, even feel-good. I listened to it on Audible and ordered the paper copy, which will be treated to a magic marker's worth of highlighter ink. Maybe I'll just highlight the parts I won't expect to return to in the future. To my poor friends: prepare to suffer through quotes with author attribution in an excellent French accent. "Doo Bootooon." The book deals with the human need for love - love of society - a need we still dress up in feigned i [...]

    12. What a perfectly delightful book - well-written, thoughtful, careful and creative in its interaction with history, and replete with well-chosen quotations. Not a full length essay, but pieces of ideas that fit into a kind of argument quite nicely. The first five chapters include the causes of status anxiety (lovelessness, expectation, meritocracy, snobbery, and dependence) and the second half examines potential solutions (philosophy, art, politics, religion, bohemia). He early on defines status [...]

    13. This is a most wonderful book & I am most grateful to Sara my GR & real-life friend for steering me to it. It did not tell me anything I'd not known before, but it organized & put everything together to yield excellent & valuable insights. It may look as if I took forever to read it but actually I never read more than a few paragraphs @ a time while on the elliptical trainer. One of the insights I found most clarifying was that in Antiquity & the Middle Ages when the status o [...]

    14. Status Anxiety offers a generalized history of Western conceptions of status and the ways that art, philosophy and religion have mediated, supported and challenged these definitions. After several examples chosen from the broadest of time frames, de Botton only briefly mentions how this history can be related to our current time period and doesn't offer any ingenious perspective on how current institutions, behaviors or practices could mediate, support or challenge our current definition of high [...]

    15. I read this book when I was sailing to Brazil - achieving a lifelong ambition and leaving the rat race for a year or thereabouts. So, I was ready for this, with an open mind (eventually 78 nights at sea, many of them on my back looking at the stars). So, what about the book? Completely different to 'On Love' and 'The Consolations of Philosophy' (thanks Peter at congnatum for putting me on to Alain de Botton), the basic idea that our current system of measuring people on a scale of wealth (and, a [...]

    16. This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. de Botton uses his usual clear and accessible style of philosophizing to dissect just why it is we never seem to be happy where we are, and just what it is that makes us always want more. This is one of those books that should be read once every year. de Botton is probably my favorite living author, and this book hit me at just the right moment in my life, but I suspect it will be relative and useful to me my whole life long.

    17. I thought Status Anxiety gave a really good historical and philosophical background of why status anxiety exists, and how it has progressed throughout the years. I wish it touched more upon status anxiety as a modern phenomenon and offered solutions of how to circumnavigate it in 2017. I found the text at times used unnecessarily difficult vocabulary-- though perhaps that is just the author's style. Kudos to Betel for the heady rec.

    18. A kind and relevant reminder, which is sympathetic and a thoroughly useful self-help book in grasping and dealing with the insecurities which affect most people regardless of their social status. An exploration of the possible causes and solutions to status anxiety. Initially, exemplified by the end of unconditional love leading to lovelessness. Secondly by snobbery which is characterised by childish often juvenile notions of belonging such as only being interested in people who are not interest [...]

    19. This is the second of two books by Alain de Botton that I've read this month. The first one was about the ability of philosophy to console us during life's trials. This book is an examination of the causes and potential cures for social anxiety, which he defines as "a worry that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society and that we may as a result be stripped of dignity and respect."Living in hypercompetitive Silicon Valley and having experienced t [...]

    20. The book was published in 2004 (enpedia/wiki/Status_A) and they still paint a vivid picture of today's modern world. It is also called "affluenza", a form of overstimulated consumerism based on self-fashioning which has already do its job by spreading to the developing worlds. In the personal life sphere, the status anxiety is fueled by the slogan such as "be the best you can be", the triumphant pursue of American dreams of bigger house, better clothes, and most often the envy of others. I know [...]

    21. Status is a cornerstone of human existence. Absolutely everything we do — going to school, getting a job, finding a mate, socializing with friends — is dominated by what standing we have in the groups of people that we are doing these things with.I wish I had understood this earlier in life, because it explains so much about human behavior: schoolyard bullies, how people flirt in nightclubs, and the rituals of kings, governments, and religions.A major point in the book is that "status anxie [...]

    22. The start of this book posits a very compelling, and interesting, thesis-- that in the western march towards meritocracy, we have created a society where there are "no excuses" for station in life, causing widespread anxiety and erosion of dignity. If the book had hammered further on this theme, perhaps showing how people create different social lives in order to change their reference points and raise status, or look at social segmentation and the increased preference for anonymous socializatio [...]

    23. In his 300 page thesis, Alain De Botton provides us with a thorough examintion of status, and the anxiety which stems from not having it. The blurb initially makes a comparison between romantic desire and the desire for status or 'world love', but rather than looking into status desire as an individual trait, the majority of the book explores cultural perspectives on what is considered high-status.The strongest chapters discuss how we perceive status as a comparative idea, and how what is consid [...]

    24. I had a really great review for this book and then my computer crashedapologies since this version won't be as good or comprehensive. Overall I'd say that the book was more didactic than I was expecting, but that won't stop me from reading more of his works.Maybe it's schadenfreude, but there's nothing wrong with validation on our natural human feelings of insecurity, especially given today's economic state. de Botton never gets too preachy as his premise is grounded in several historical exampl [...]

    25. I really, really wanted to like this at first, for many reasonsen halfway through a stray but increasingly important line of argument started to fall on its own moral sword. The timeless problem of basic survival needs linked to low status is mentioned in passing (126); an antidote to this problem is offered later, but it is disappointingly familiar and rather medieval in quality. Put another way, the first half of the book is built mostly around the problems of the poor, and the second is mostl [...]

    26. After beginning with a solid, fairly engaging introduction to the concept of status from a cultural anthropology perspective, de Botton lurches awkwardly into a discussion of religion, science and art. The problem is, he fails to make the connection between these and his original thesis abundantly clear. I wasn't sure what he intended to convey by the end of this book. Wasted time, but at least not too much.

    27. 3.5/5 In his characteristic soothing, sane tone, the author tries to explain the history and characteristics of Status anxiety. In the second half he provides ways to avoid it and describes methods to counter it - philosophy, art, politics etcPatticularly loved the chapter on art in which he described why art and literature r both necessary for a more fulfiling life and help us develop empathy.

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    29. This book takes a really interesting look at a common phenomenon which was never much of an issue until the early nineteenth century (although we do see examples as far back as the New Testament). You'd think that ushering in an era of equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, gender or background, would have to be a good thing, right? Well, it would seem every sparkling rainbow might have a cloudy lining, to twist a popular proverb around a bit. In this case, the beast that raised its ugly [...]

    30. I found the first part about the history of ideas about status and how they have changed over time compelling; I particularly found the part about the establishment of the idea of meritocracy in America interesting, although I agree with others he could have hammered home a bit more the point that America is a false meritocracy because people don't actually start out on the same playing fields with the same advantages. The second part of the book, "solutions," seemed somewhat repetitive to me (m [...]

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