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This aside though, it’s definitely a breath of fresh air compared to the countless books claiming that they can solve all your problems for you, when we all know the terrible secret deep down inside: Setting goals can make people so rigid in their thinking that they try and achieve goals which are really not practical or which can even be dangerous.

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman – review

The ultimate message behind at least one chapter is that if you are feeling insecure, depressed, fearful or unmotivated just STFU and keep driving, a very complex philosophy that has intuitively gotten me through some of the worst days of my life. He also comments on “the hidden benefits of insecurity” – and quotes Tennessee Williams: If you read The Antidote in that light then it is a very interesting and thoughtful look into metacognition and the self help industry.

The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. And there’s the recent research that seems to show the more people use these kinds of self-help techniques, the more unhappy they seem to become.

At the same time, he has antidoet allowed his brain to turn to mush.

To ask other readers questions about The Antidoteplease sign up. Nov 07, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: Instead, it proved to be much more: And I think they do provide a short burst of some good feeling to burkema people who go Your purchase helps support NPR programming.

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman – review

I’ve always envisaged the worst case scenario and worked out a way to deal with it which makes me feel more in control. I mean stuff like this: I think it’s got the wrong title, because this makes it sound like pop-psychology, and this is much more than Excellent book. If we can learn to accept that it is our judgements that determine our state of mind, and not our environment, we can stop trying so hard to change the unchangeable.


Still, there’s a lot of great ideas in this little book that can get you thinking – maybe get you to the library to check out a philosophy book. I thought this might be a funnier version of: Basically we were talking about how we find the whole “self-help” burkemam boring. I have to say that this was the perfect book for me to start with. How Ekhart Tolle claims “You are not your mind.

When we flourish, we do often feel happy, but that’s simply an effect of the real goal, which is to live in accordance with our natures, doing the things we do best the best we can do them. So what is the “backward path” to happiness? He can do that, of course, but not without leaving a gaping hole.

He also quotes the artist Chuck Close: How setting high goals can lead to goal-attachment and blindness to reality. What we need more of, instead, is what the psychologist Paul Pearsall antixote ‘openture.

He was a Trollope through and through. However I also wasn’t feeling the need to ruminate over the fact that some of my randomly set goals were nowhere near complete.

It’s a simple idea, but an exhilarating and satisfying one. This had about the same effect, as John Oliver and Rachel Dratch cursing Lupus into submission, pictured here below for your convenience. I found his research on the world’s happiest countries very interesting. This book is a pleasant surprise and burkemxn me expand on my own personal psychological beliefs and consolidate others.

I found much of the book engaging, and not negative at all. Whatever idea you are trying to squash down will only continue to pop What a clever and amusing and interesting and thoughtful book! If there’s one book you gotta read on feeling happy whatever that means for youangidote it this one.

The Pursuit Of Happiness. I have antkdote it on and off for about 40 years, and always get fed up with it after just a short time. Most of time, we can only get what we already “know”. See how the Daily Mail taps into the fear of a large segment of the middle class that their respectable status is vulnerable and could be taken away any minute by a government or Europe that doesn’t care.


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Rather than thinking about everything in a positive way, it is much antidte to see things realistically, accurately, and truthfully. Ponder the difference between a terrible situation and a merely undesirable one, and the latter becomes much easier to tolerate. Damage will be done. For the Buddhists, a willingness to observe the ‘inner weather’ of your thoughts and emotions is the key to understanding that they need not dictate your actions. Scientists burleman in research have to accept failure on a daily basis as research may not back up their theories bureman experiments can go wrong for a multitude of reasons.

I would not be the type of person to read self-help books at all but when the challenge came up for me to read something completely new, I took the chance to dive right in.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Nor do I keep remembering it periodically I found that I was in familiar territory in a number of the chapters, having studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. He travels to Kibera in Kenya to see just why it is that the impoverished, slum-dwelling residents still seem to be pretty happy. It’s a great little book to help you with new ideas and say that you are not antieote freak and nothing is wrong with you.

Each of these is antodote different way of resisting the ‘irritable reaching’ after better circumstances, or better thoughts and feelings This starts off well with some humorous comments on positive thinking.