The Antidote

Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

Burkeman, Oliver

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Antidote
Exploring the dark side of the theories put forth by such icons as Norman Vincent Peale and Eckhart Tolle by looking to both ancient philosophy and current business theory, Burkeman--a feature writer for British newspaper The Guardian--offers up the counterintuitive idea that only by embracing and examining failure and loss and unhappiness will we become free of it.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, c2012
ISBN: 9780865479418
Branch Call Number: 158 B
Characteristics: 236 p. ; 22 cm.


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Mar 16, 2015
  • empbee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good book for the "realistically inclined."

Apr 08, 2013
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I first heard oliver burkeman being interview by kim hill a couple of years ago and what drew me to listening was his humour around a topic that adherents often take so seriously. His writing is delivered with the same humour while constructing and offering a very well researched counter opinion to the usual norm of thinking positively. well worth reading-especially if you are a person who has perhaps been sceptical about positive thinking as a default position to take on life's events.

Feb 18, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In "The Antidote," British journalist Oliver Burkeman asserts that one cannot achieve happiness through the clichés of positive thinking, motivational pep talks and narrowly-focused goal setting. Instead, living a fulfilling life requires embracing both uncertainty and negative thoughts. In eight chapters, readers meet Stoics, Buddhists and other philosophers all of whom possess "a willingness to...pause and take a step back; to turn to face what others might flee from."

Burkeman does not intend to offer fool-proof rules for a happy life. He thoughtfully and thoroughly explores topics often shied away from and arrives at wise advice. This fresh and readable book offers humour, anecdotes and a powerfully sustained thesis.

Jan 04, 2013

Do you think about those worse off than you so you can feel better? Does making goals make you more anxious? Then this bk is for you!--and for people who really don't like self-help bks. (Though some parts of it made me squeeze my head to get around the topics.)

Oct 16, 2012
  • StellaCometa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting book that makes you look critically at the current emphasis on positive thinking.


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