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  • Published: 2 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141014869
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

Status Anxiety




Do you worry about how well you're doing? Are you envious of your friends' success? Are you suffering from status anxiety?

In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change.
We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety.
For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.
'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times
'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail
'Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known quote' Daily Telegraph
'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for living' GQ
'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness' Daily Express
%%%In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change.

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer - to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment - from status anxiety.

For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics - and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a book that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as well.

'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we live and how we might change things' The Times

'De Botton analyses modern society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail

'Measured, amused, compassionate . . . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known quote' Daily Telegraph

'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for living' GQ

'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer usefulness' Daily Express

Alain de Botton's bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; StatusAnxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life;The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk). For more information, consult www.alaindebotton.com.

  • Published: 2 May 2005
  • ISBN: 9780141014869
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Alain De Botton

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life.' He's written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. 

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