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Those same qualities are on display in The Antidotewhich also allows him antifote go beyond the limits of the column and get almost as close as you can to a recipe for contentment while rejecting the whole idea of a wellbeing formula. As these groups have each independently proven, he shows through a series of fascinating trips to various contemporary communities, tribes and experts around the globe, it can actually be really healthy for humans to understand their boundaries, to know which things they can reasonably accomplish and which they can’t, and to know burke,an to let go of an obsessive desire for a goal before that goal instead kills you; and in the meanwhile, he cites modern study angidote modern study that are each starting to show how much damage the “power of positive thinking” can have, from increased frustration over challenges to the body giving up on a challenge after enjoying it too much in an idealized version in one’s head, even to the kinds of fatalistic embrace of violent quick-change solutions that always come with fascist administrations in burkema of crisis.

Here is a trailer about it: The ultimate message behind at least one chapter is that if you are feeling insecure, depressed, fearful or unmotivated just STFU and keep driving, a very complex philosophy that has intuitively gotten me through some of the worst days of my life.

Positive thinking, visualization and imitating the habits of successful people have always struck me as somehow deficient tactics but I never re This might be the only so-called self-help book that includes a quote from The Wire at the beginning of a chapter — and surely that’s a good sign. Burkeman noticed that “something united all those psychologists and philosophers — and even the odd self-help guru — whose ideas seemed actually to hold water”.

Happiness is neither the journey nor the destination, it’s simply something we get more than enough of when we travel the right way. Aside from the fearful first chapter, there was this chapter on getting over oneself.


View all 12 comments. I found much of the book engaging, and not negative at all. I could literally relate to every single piece of frustration, acceptance, and calmness of the author. Lists with This Book.

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So I came across this book on Audible and gave the antiote a listen. All this pursuing happiness, my gosh, I’m pretty sure it must be a Western invention. Won’t the intelligent sic people to whom this book caters be reading what they already know? So thank God, then, for the newish The Antidote: Sep 13, Caroline rated it really liked it Recommended to Caroline bufkeman And most definitely not a saint who will suffer abuse till the end of time.

Feb 03, Karl-O rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. It’s a version of the old sort of parlor game that if you try really hard not to think about a polar bear, that the only thing that you can think about in that context is polar bears. And how looking death into the face several times a day can help us redefine what is important.

A fresh splash of water in a lobotomizingly peppy world of endless Tony Robbinses and Deepak Chopras, this will absolutely change the way you burkemqn at the world if you’re one of those people receptive to its message, and it antisote strongly recommended whether to read or to simply carry to your next corporate-job-mandated “Unleash The Power of Positivity!

Oct 09, Katie Mercer rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I’ve read it and enjoyed it and from its pages have compiled a list of further reading. Trivia About The Antidote: Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking, by Oliver Burkeman, is a challenging, but ultimately tthe discussion on the virtues of the “backward path” to happiness. No, I’m antldote cured after reading this book.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Burkeman is keen to emphasise that the negative path is not “one single, comprehensive, anntidote packaged philosophy” and nor is it a “panacea”. He knows that because, for his new book, The Antidote: This is probably not news to most people. This is a very good albeit not perfect book, illustrating several schools of thought that bear on the issue of happiness — or contentment, or acceptance; there are definite nuances.

Sep 29, Sylvester rated it really liked it Shelves: And he spends the Day of the Dead in a Mexican hamlet to understand better why it’s good to remind yourself vividly of your mortality. I found that I was in familiar territory in a number of the chapters, having studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques as well as cognitive behavioral therapy.


butkeman Even deeper than the problems caused by the pervasive ideology of positive thinking is the assumption that it makes good sense to categorise all our thoughts as positive or negative in the first place. And despite this huge goal, there are unnecessary and confusing detours, like a long discussion of Descartes’s “cogito ergo sum” that I think misses the point.

That is a philosophy I wholeheartedly agree with.

Modern society tends to regard people as failures if they fail at one thing instead of separating the failure from the person. Myers’s observations aren’t so useful after all.

‘Antidote’ Prescribes A ‘Negative Path To Happiness’

It is burjeman a family of approaches that share an interest in coming to terms with the imperfections of reality in a number of different ways. Andy A book doesn’t have to be groundbreaking. The author, a writer for “The Guardian” a British newspaperexplores psychology in his weekly columns. This book is a pleasant surprise and helped me expand on my own personal psychological beliefs and consolidate others.

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman – review

I would say I was pretty much in the same boat as the author, Oliver Burkeman, who was antiote of the whole optimism cult. View all 11 comments. Although Burkeman commends truthfulness, he doesn’t stress its value for its own sake, only as a surer means to happiness than rose-tinted vision.

To me the most important message in this book is that we can only ever experience happiness in the here and now. Because by the time I realized ignorance was most assuredly the way to go?

Death is, after all, the ultimate failure. It becomes especially obnoxious when the author denounces other authors lack of rigor only to himself use ancient Greek antifote and Alan Watts as backbones to his arguments. How groundbreaking is this book? Descartes’s extreme doubt was dangerously radical in the context of absolute monarchy by divine right.