Book review: Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
Status Anxiety
by Alain de Botton. Source: Goodreads.

This book reads like a self-help book but more philosophical in nature. Like all self-help books, it may sound logical and transcendental which provokes the feeling of “This is a new way of looking at life I have never look before”, but time will tell if the philosophy is sound, at least for now, it is quite sound.

I picked up this book because I am trying to find some cure to my anxiety, and have no high hopes on this book, but this book surprised me because it gave some good advice and perspectives. The book is divided into two sections, the first gives 5 causes of status anxiety and the latter gives 5 solutions to status anxiety.

Regarding status anxiety, this is a good read too for general anxiety as most of our worries also consists of other people, our status to them, are we humiliated because of our low status. Reading this book, you will see the idiosyncracies of trying to reach high status, why it seems to matter importantly to us, how common it is in the past and present, the futility of our attempts at the end of life. This book is very relevent to our modern lives.

The causes to status anxiety are lovelesness, expectation, meritocracy, snobbery, and dependence. The solutions are philosophy, art, politics, religion, and bohemia.

The author explained it in much detail. If you were to read it, follow the thoughts, and how the premises lead to conclusions. It is not so common sense as we easily lose track in the pursuit of status. Trying to understand social phenomenon is hard, and the author did that in a way that seems logical and sound, on this topic of status anxiety.

Rating: 5/5

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