Fast Company - 16 Feb 2018
This is a review of a new book (“Lost Connections”) that explores how modern societies may be creating a world of unhappiness. The author (Hohann Hari) questions the prevailing wisdom about depression and wonders whether the current epidemic is not connected to how we’ve chosen to construct the world around us. He concludes by asserting that: “If you are depressed and anxious, you are not a machine with malfunctioning parts. You are a human being with unmet needs. The only real way out of our epidemic of despair is for all of us, together, to begin to meet those human needs – for deep connection, to the things that really matter in life” (reads in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 23 February 2018
Quartzy - 14 Feb 2018
In his new book (“Enlightenment Now”), the Harvard psychologist extols the promise of human civilization and its potential to save itself from darkness. He puts forth a forceful case for optimism, based on humanity’s post-enlightenment track record. Through the ideals of progress, science, reason, and humanism, he argues, people have improved their collective lot across myriad measures, including health, wealth, inequality, safety, peace, civil rights, even happiness (reads in 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 16 February 2018
Harvard Business Review - 1 Feb 2018
The former investment banker turned academic explains why our tendency to overwork and burn out is framed by a complex combination of factors involving our profession, our organization, and ourselves. At the heart of it is insecurity: those whom she calls “insecure overachievers”: exceptionally capable and fiercely ambitious individuals, yet driven by a profound sense of their own inadequacy (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 10 February 2018