Review: Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton

Status Anxiety
Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Status anxiety is the price we pay for acknowledging that there is a public distinction between a successful and an unsuccessful life.”

An analysis of our concern about our status in society, this book calls attention to how often we measure our self-worth from what others think of us, instead of assessing one’s worth based on one’s own unique individuality. This book contains a great deal of facts about the definition of status by the society throughout the years. The book is divided into two parts, first the causes of status anxiety, and second the possible solutions. The first section on causes is much more entertaining and readable than the solutions.

“We are tempted to believe that certain achievements and possessions will give us enduring satisfaction. We are invited to imagine ourselves scaling the steep cliff face of happiness in order to reach a wide, high plateau on which we will live out the rest of our lives; we are not reminded that soon after gaining the summit, we will be called down again into fresh lowlands of anxiety and desire.”

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