Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 7, 2003 - Psychology - 256 pages
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The Fourth Instinct is an exploration of mankind's forgotten instinct - the most neglected and least understood part of human nature. It is the instinct that compels us to go beyond survival, beyond sexuality, and beyond status and power to find spiritual fulfillment and meaning in our lives. For years biologists and psychologists have described human nature primarily in terms of the three basic instincts. They have explained the instincts that link us to the past, Arianna Huffington writes, but have neglected the instinct that links us to our future. We know more about what we share with the apes than what we share with the angels. Citing a wide variety of examples from our cultural and social landscape, she shows how seeking fulfillment solely through the first three instincts leads inevitably to the aggression, depression, and addiction that scar so many lives. It is only by following the call of the Fourth Instinct, she argues, that we can transform our lives and our relationships with others. She speaks of the need to create a critical mass to change our culture - one person, one problem, one community at a time. In The Fourth Instinct Arianna Huffington describes the dead ends we are led down when we are obsessed by the pursuit of success, wealth, and recognition. She also explores the many threads that can help us find our way back to the still, spiritual center of our lives. Religion, art, science, relationships, and even pain and loss can become threads of meaning from which to weave a new life. Almost every generation believes it lives at a defining moment in history. Some actually do. Arianna Huffington believes that ours is one of them. When she lectures around the country aglimmer of recognition flashes across people's faces when she speaks of our growing longing to find meaning and purpose in our lives as we approach the new millennium. Despite our technological wizardry and cultural sophistication, we have begun searching once more for answers to life's simplest yet most important questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What are our lives about? Based on years of research chronicling people's concerns and hopes, and filled with Arianna Huffington's own personal experiences and insights, The Fourth Instinct is a brilliant and provocative exploration of these age-old questions; it will bring inspiration and purpose to every life it touches.
  

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Best-selling author of biographies of Maria Callas and Picasso, talk show host, and first woman president of the Cambridge Union debating society, Huffington has experienced relative poverty as a ... Read full review

Contents

THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
11
PART ONEThe Anatomy of the Fourth Instinct
23
Why Now?
25
A Parliament of Instincts
41
Dead Ends
67
PART TWOThreads Through the Labyrinth
87
The Imperative Journey
89
Healing
96
Community
143
Art
155
Science
168
Pain and Loss
179
PART THREELife under the Reign of the Fourth Instinct
195
Choosing to Evolve
197
A Future Waiting to Unfold
216
Critical Mass
240

Relationships
113
Religion
131

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About the author (2003)

Arianna Huffington was born on July 15, 1950, in Athens, Greece. At the age of 16, she moved to England, graduating from Cambridge University with an M.A. in Economics. She has been a noted columnist and reviewer for such magazines as Vogue and Cosmopolitan and is highly praised for her writings. She is now the director of the Center for New Black Leadership in Washington D.C. Huffington's books cover a wide range of topics. Her first book, The Female Woman, is a criticism of extremism in the feminist movement, detailing the shortcomings of the women's liberation movement. Her political involvement has made her a sought-after guest on talk shows; Huffington also hosted her own brief show, Critical Mass. She provided political coverage for Comedy Central for the 1996 election and has been working on a political satire show for that network. She has also written biographies of Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso that have become international bestsellers. Her book Third World America hit the New York Times best-seller list in September 2010.

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