Status Anxiety

  • by Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by Alain de Botton
  • 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but genuinely wise and helpful as well.


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Customer Reviews

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Talking about taboos

Alain de Bottin is intelligent and educated, and it is a pleasure to listen to his lucid, honest and sympathetic analysis of the human need for status. It has long been observed that there is a contradiction between the amount of goods enjoyed by our society and the happiness delivered by this material success. This book goes a long way towards explaining that conundrum.
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- Judy Corstjens


Light and well read by the author.
Easily understandable.
Not lost in scholorly details but dealing with
important issues relevant to a truly social life.

Please read this.
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- Duncan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-05-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd