The Social Animal

书名:The Social AnimalTheHiddenSourcesofLove,Character,andAchievement
豆瓣评分: 7.9


With unequaled insight and brio, David Brooks, the New York Times columnist and bestselling author of Bobos in Paradise, has long explored and explained the way we live. Now, with the intellectual curiosity and emotional wisdom that make his columns among the most read in the nation, Brooks turns to the building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica—how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental 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 had in the previous three thousand. The unconscious mind, it turns out, is most of the mind—not a dark, vestigial place but a creative and enchanted one, where most of the brain'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. Drawing on a wealth of current research from numerous disciplines, Brooks takes Harold and Erica from infancy to school; from the "odyssey years" 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 reveals 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 Animal is 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 we see ourselves and the world.


David Brooks is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. He has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly, and he is a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He is the author of the bestseller Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.


@ WanderLusT 撇开作者试图用认知科学解释行为的部分,这本书真是好看。常年给NYT写专栏的人的观察力真不是盖的。这本书里,他破,我立。 @ Lucia Poor thing, naggings. @ 艾扣扣 中文版的呢 @ tifanie 好有趣! @ Walk-Holic 没有读同类书的枯燥感,很轻松的读了下来。 @ Saysthrach 我很喜欢这本书的写法,用故事串起人生的每一个阶段,没有疯狂堆实验的纯科普那么难读。没有读到什么令人讶异的观点/事实,但是关于meaning和衰老的心理变化有点意思。 @ 打枚您根 让我想起德波顿,但是文风更差,角色特征/情节更是刻意…布伯族式的”保守“只能流于表达和金句式的(跨人文社科领域的)观察,止步于深度和论证。结论:以后还是少看这种书消磨时间,当认识到自己的浅薄智趣之后才会逐渐意识到:我不配也不适应这种小资“情趣”了。 @ 答案之谜 informative and immersive as it’s intended to be @ [已注销] PSY100 @ 混在街垒喝酒 快看完这本,可能这个领域像脑神经学和行为经济学都看过一些,这本所讲到的有点不算太深入,如果刚开始接触这些领域阅读估计对书的评价可能会更好一点,作者的the road to character 对我影响挺大的, 所以才打算看看这本,没想到风格题材这么不同


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