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The social animal : the hidden sources of love, character, and achievement

Author: David Brooks
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Brooks effectively interweaves history, science, statistics and instinctual behavioral patterns into a fictional treatment that reiterates his belief in "the way unconscious affections and aversions shape daily life. He employs a novelistic narrative device in his intricate analysis of two upwardly mobile, likeminded individuals. The fictional couple's initial meeting spurs the author to personify the dynamics of
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Brooks
ISBN: 9781400067602 140006760X
OCLC Number: 607975735
Description: xviii, 424 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Decision-making --
The map meld --
Mindsight --
Mapmaking --
Attachment --
Learning --
Norms --
Self-control --
Culture --
Intelligence --
Choice architecture --
Freedom and commitment --
Limerence --
The grand narrative --
Métis --
The insurgency --
Getting older --
Morality --
The leader --
The soft side --
The other education --
Meaning.
Responsibility: David Brooks.

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Brooks effectively interweaves history, science, statistics and instinctual behavioral patterns into a fictional treatment that reiterates his belief in "the way unconscious affections and aversions shape daily life. He employs a novelistic narrative device in his intricate analysis of two upwardly mobile, likeminded individuals. The fictional couple's initial meeting spurs the author to personify the dynamics of attraction via their gender-specific "primitive passions" ("Rob was looking at cleavage, Julia was looking for signs of trustworthiness"), primal scents and cues that would anticipate a lifelong romance. "Aided by chemistry and carried along by feeling," Rob and Julia troubleshoot cohabitation blunders, carnal urges and the birth of son Harold, who, together with his wife-to-be Erica (introduced chapters later), ultimately becomes the focus of the author's behavioral paradigm. Harold's mental development proceeds from kindergarten to high school via cliques, phases and a taboo student-teacher crush. The author expands his group with Erica, an ambitious, ethnically diverse girl raised in a poor public housing project. She excels at a challenging educational platform in her youth and achieves success as a business consultant by cultivating ideas and having Harold develop them for real-world application. Their evolution as husband and wife and consummate professionals is not, however, without a fair share of stumbles.

From the influential and hugely popular "New York Times" columnist and bestselling author of "Bobos in Paradise" comes a landmark exploration of how human beings and communities succeed.

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