Status Anxiety

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Alain de Botton
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer, to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment, from status anxiety. For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art, and politics, and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a audiobook that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but genuinely wise and helpful as well.


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This guy is amazing

If you like History, philosophy and psychology its all in here. Alain de Botton gathers up peoples' ideas from the last few hundred years and unveils a kind of secret depression that most people in western society suffers from and don't really understand or even know its there. The author explains some of the reasons why we get depressed over things like money, luxery goods and other peoples' opinion of us and by explaining this depression we are somewhat alleviated from it. He is a good speaker whos choice in words are very poetic. This book really opened my eyes and had an great effect on me.
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- Andrew


A must read. One of my ten most important books.
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- Calvin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd