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Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy
Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy Eric G. Wilson 0374531668 9780374531669 Americans are addicted to happiness. When were not popping pills, we leaf through scientific studies that take for granted our quest for happiness, or read self-help b
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Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson

Americans are addicted to happiness. When were not popping pills, we leaf through scientific studies that take for granted our quest for happiness, or read self-help books by everyone from armchair philosophers and clinical psychologists to the Dalai Lama on how to achieve a trouble-free life:Stumblingon Happiness;Authentic Happiness: Using the New PositivePsychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment;TheArt of Happiness: A Handbook for Living.The titles themselves draw a stark portrait of the war on melancholy. nbsp; More than any other generation, Americans of today believe in the transformative power of positive thinking. But who says weresupposedto be happy? Where does it say that in the Bible, or in the Constitution? InAgainst Happiness, the scholar Eric G. Wilson argues that melancholia is necessary to any thriving culture, that it is the muse of great literature, painting, music, and innovationand that it is the force underlying original insights. Francisco Goya, Emily Dickinson, Marcel Proust, and Abraham Lincoln were all confirmed melancholics. So enough Prozac-ing of our brains. Lets embrace our depressive sides as the wellspring of creativity. What most people take for contentment, Wilson argues, is living death, and what the majority takes for depression is a vital force. In Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy, Wilson suggests it would be better tonbsp;relish the blues that make humans people.

Author: Eric G. Wilson

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 176

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

Publication Date: 2009-01-20

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Eric G. Wilson (Edition: First Edition) Paperback