The Antidote - OUT OF PRINT: Happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking

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Text Publishing Company, Jul 2, 2012 - Psychology - 336 pages
The Antidote: Happiness for people who can‚€TMt stand positive thinking is an exploration of a radically new path to happiness.

In an approach that turns decades of self-help advice on its head, Oliver Burkeman explains why positive thinking serves only to make us more miserable, and why 'getting motivated' can exacerbate procrastination.¬
Comparing the personal philosophies of dozens of 'happy' people‚€”among them¬ philosophers and experimental psychologists, Buddhists and terrorism experts, New Age dreamers and hard-headed business consultants‚€”Burkeman uncovers some common ground.¬ They all believe that there is an alternative 'negative path' to happiness and success that involves coming face-to-face with, even embracing, precisely the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

Burkeman concedes that in¬ our personal lives and the world at large, it‚€TMs our constant efforts to eliminate the negative‚€”uncertainty, unhappiness, failure‚€”that cause us to feel so anxious, insecure and unhappy.¬ Hilarious and compulsively readable, The Antidote¬ will have you on the road to happiness in no time.

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User Review  - thegreatape - LibraryThing

A more nuanced read than the title suggests. Covered a lot of ground I was familiar with, but I still came away with a good amount to chew on. Read full review

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User Review  - kristykay22 - LibraryThing

An enjoyable and very readable journey through a whole smattering of life philosophies and guiding personalities. Burkeman has a good sense of when to add some personal reflection and when to be more ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for the Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association‚€TMs Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize and the What The Papers Say Feature Writer of the Year award. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, 'This Column Will Change Your Life', and has reported from London, Washington and New York. His work has also appeared in Esquire, Elle, GQ, the Observer and the New Republic
He was born in Liverpool in 1975. He holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.

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