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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. The spirit is willing but the flesh is The Happiness Hypothesis is a book about ten Great Ideas. The Happiness Hypothesis Ch.4 - 1. This file contains a version of chapter 4 from the book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding modern truth in ancient wisdom,1. The happiness hypothesis [electronic resource (PDF eBook)]: finding modern truth in ancient wisdom / Jonathan Haidt. An award-winning psychologist.


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promising hypothesis is that happiness comes from within and cannot be I'll suggest that the happiness hypothesis offered by Buddha and the Stoics should. POSITIVE WORKPLACE ALLIANCE FOUNDER'S GROUP The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt of the. Jonathan Haidt is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia and co-editor. properly based on ancient wisdom and modern psychology and is a plea for a. readers who want to know more about happiness and happiness-research.

Wonder where happiness comes from? In this phenomenal book, Haidt looks at ancient wisdom and modern wisdom as he tests some happiness hypotheses and comes up with his ultimate hypothesis. Join Optimize and get instant access to all PhilosophersNotes and over 25 Optimal Living master classes. Get instant access to all PhilosopherNotes. Optimize every facet of your life. Actualize your potential. Join tens of thousands of people from around the world.

In the words of Buddha: Haidt starts with a lovely description of the divided mind using the analogy of the rider and the elephant.

Long story short, the elephant is the old brain inherited into humankind through the millennia of evolution. This brain works very well, thank you, having gone through the rigors of natural selection. The rider, on the other hand, is the newer brain, a version 1. This rider brain evolved really to serve the elephant brain and not vice versa. Plato and the charioteer with two horses, one with good intent and the other with bad; Freud and the ego, superego and id.

Haidt explains: The new brain is not function specific. The orbitofrontal cortex supplements the limbic system and is key to decision making.

This is the elephant. This is the actor. Controlled processing requires both language and conscious thought and can process one matter at a time. This is the rider. The rider is able to consider the future and advise but not control the elephant.

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In fact, the mismatch in maturity of the elephant and the rider, the automatic processing and the controlled processing, gives rise to a lack of integration between the rider and the elephant. This may well explain our failures of self-control, our inability to effectively control mental intrusions try not thinking about something and our difficulty in winning an argument many of our decisions are really the elephant responding as it has evolved, the rider then tries to explain the inexplicable.

Haidt suggests that really emotional intelligence is a skillful rider who is able to distract the elephant. Changing Your Mind: This chapter is really about our reality being the result solely of how we think about things.

Haidt suggests that three strategies work to help us change our mind or retrain the elephant: This considers two key ideas: Human group expansion could only occur per Haidt with the ability to expand from kin altruism which limits social groups to or so people at a time to ultra-sociality allowing for much larger, more complex groups. This reciprocity is supported in human groups by vengeance protects you from exploitation and gratitude insures ongoing reciprocity. This expands the cooperative circle and increases our connectedness in ways that work to ensure group survival.

Interestingly, only three other animals have this ultra-sociality: Faults of Others: Much like Robert Quinn, Haidt advises that we must own and overcome our own hypocrisy which allows us to see others realistically and ourselves less so.

Per Ben Franklin: Haidt reviews the hedonic treadmill that allows humans to continuously adapt to their circumstances. Science offers that happiness is genetic tendency supported by attachments.

Haidt offers that happiness is really a bit more complex. Conditions include things like noise in your environment, commuting time, lack of control, shame, and relationships. Voluntary activities are those that yield flow, allowing us to enjoy both pleasure and gratifications which comes from strengths per Seligman. The elephant is still with us.

And, he cares about prestige, competition, not happiness. This includes three chapters: Adversity Theory: Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations--to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives and illuminate the causes of human flourishing.

Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind , shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims--like "do unto others as you would have others do unto you," or "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"--can enrich and even transform our lives. Read more Read less. Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled Audible book: Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice.

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Gregory A. The Four Agreements: Don Miguel Ruiz. The Myth of a Christian Nation: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, lamented St. Paul, and this engrossing scientific interpretation of traditional lore backs him up with hard data. Citing Plato, Buddha and modern brain science, psychologist Haidt notes the mind is like an "elephant" of automatic desires and impulses atop which conscious intention is an ineffectual "rider. The Buddhist-Stoic injunction to cast off worldly attachments in pursuit of happiness, for example, is backed up by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's studies into pleasure.

And Nietzsche's contention that what doesn't kill us makes us stronger is considered against research into post-traumatic growth. An exponent of the "positive psychology" movement, Haidt also offers practical advice on finding happiness and meaning. Riches don't matter much, he observes, but close relationships, quiet surroundings and short commutes help a lot, while meditation, cognitive psychotherapy and Prozac are equally valid remedies for constitutional unhappiness.

Haidt sometimes seems reductionist, but his is an erudite, fluently written, stimulating reassessment of age-old issues. All rights reserved. Using the wisdom culled from the world's greatest civilizations as a foundation, social psychologist Haidt comes to terms with 10 Great Ideas, viewing them through a contemporary filter to learn which of their lessons may still apply to modern lives.

He first discusses how the mind works and then examines the Golden Rule "Reciprocity is the most important tool for getting along with people". Next, he addresses the issue of happiness itself--where does it come from?

He also dares to answer the question that haunts most everyone--What is the meaning of life? He concludes with the question of meaning: Why do some find it? Balancing ancient wisdom and modern science, Haidt consults great minds of the past, from Buddha to Lao Tzu and from Plato to Freud, as well as some not-so-greats: Phil is mentioned. Fascinating stuff, accessibly expressed. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: Basic Books; 1 edition December 26, Publication Date: December 26, Sold by: Sign In!

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