Social Animal The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

ISBN-10: 140006760X

ISBN-13: 9781400067602

Edition: 2011

Authors: David Brooks

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With unequaled insight and brio, David Brooks, the New York Timescolumnist and bestselling author of Bobos in Paradise,has long explored and explained the way we live now. In this ambitious departure, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a captivating, colorful tale grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens to one fictional American couple, Harold and Erica-how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. It#x19;s a story that illustrates a radically new understanding of human nature. A scientific revolution has occurred-we have learned more about the human brain in the last thirty years than we have in the last three thousand. But we have not glimpsed the complete picture-the parts connected-until now. The unconscious mind, it turns out, is mostof the mind-not a dark, vestigial place but a creative and enchanted one, where most of the brain#x19;s work gets done. This is the realm of emotions, intuitions, biases, longings, genetic predispositions, personality traits, and social norms: the realm where character is formed and where our most important life decisions are made. The natural habitat of The Social Animal. Brooks takes us from infancy to school; from the #x1C;odyssey years#x1D; that have come to define young adulthood to the high walls of poverty; from the nature of attachment, love, and commitment to the nature of effective leadership. He illuminates the deeply social aspect of our very minds and exposes the bias in modern culture that overemphasizes rationalism, individualism, and IQ. Along the way, he demolishes conventional definitions of success while looking toward a culture based on trust and humility. The Social Animalis a moving and nuanced intellectual adventure, a story of achievement and a defense of progress. Impossible to put down, it is an essential book for our time, one that will have broad social impact and will change the way you see yourself and the world. From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Random House of Canada
Publication date: 3/8/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

David Brooks was born in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1961. He received a degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1983. After graduation, he worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau. His other jobs include numerous posts at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. He currently is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He is the author of the several books including Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. He is also the editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing. In 2012 David Brooks made the New York Times Best Seller List with his title Social Animal: the Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.

Introduction
Decision Making
The Map Meld
Mindsight
Mapmaking
Attachment
Learning
Norms
Self-Control
Culture
Intelligence
Choice Architecture
Freedom and Commitment
Limerence
The Grand Narrative
M�tis
The Insurgency
Getting Older
Morality
The Leader
The Soft Side
The Other Education
Meaning
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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