The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

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With an updated and eye-opening postscript that encapsulates and further explores the ‘new sciences of the mind’, New York Times columnist David Brooks’ bestselling The Social Animal provides a moving intellectual adventure, a story of achievement, and a defense of progress. The book tells the story of how success happens, told through the lives of one composite American couple. Harold and Erica. Drawing on a wealth of current research from numerous disciplines, Brooks takes Harold and Erica from infancy to old age, illustrating a fundamental new understanding of human nature along the way: The unconscious mind, it turns out, is not a dark, vestigial place, but a creative one, where most of the brain’s work gets done. This is the realm where character is formed and where our most important life decisions are made – the natural habitat of the social animal. Brooks reveals the deeply social aspect of our minds and exposes the bias in modern culture that overemphasizes rationalism, individualism, and IQ. Notes, Index.

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