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We have met the enemy : self-control in an age of excess

Author: Daniel Akst
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A witty and wide-ranging investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. This is journalist Akst's irreverent search for answers, delving into overeating, overspending, procrastination, anger, addiction, wayward sexual attraction and most of the other homely transgressions that bedevil us daily in a world of freedom, prosperity and technological empowerment. Akst ransacks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Akst
ISBN: 9781594202810 1594202818
OCLC Number: 648148028
Description: xiv, 303 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A democracy of excess --
Sickening excess --
On having yourself committed --
The cost of good inventions --
The perils of prosperity --
Self-control and social change --
The Greek way --
The marshmallow test --
The seesaw struggle --
Let my people go --
The intimate contest --
The mind-body problem --
Self-control, free will, and other oxymorons --
Odysseus and the pigeons --
Crimes of passion --
Addiction, compulsion, and choice --
Tomorrow is another day --
Cutting loose --
Government and self-government --
Being your own godfather --
Carpe Diem.
Responsibility: Daniel Akst.
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A witty and wide-ranging investigation of the central problem of our time: how to save ourselves from what we want. This is journalist Akst's irreverent search for answers, delving into overeating, overspending, procrastination, anger, addiction, wayward sexual attraction and most of the other homely transgressions that bedevil us daily in a world of freedom, prosperity and technological empowerment. Akst ransacks history, literature, psychology, philosophy and economics to alarm, teach, empower and, at the very least, entertain. Using self-control as a lens rather than a cudgel, he draws a vivid picture of the many-sided problem of desire--and delivers a blueprint for how we can steer shrewdly toward the wants we most want for ourselves. At stake is not just our health but our humanity, for what could make us more fully human than the ability to set aside impulse when we choose to do so?--From publisher description.

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