The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking [Oliver Burkeman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Success. In his new book, Oliver Burkeman shuns motivational seminars and the power of ‘Antidote’ Prescribes A ‘Negative Path To Happiness’. Summary and reviews of The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman, plus links to a book excerpt from The Antidote and author biography of Oliver Burkeman.

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Anything that can go wrong, will. The book was very interesting indeed,but it isn’t going to alter the lifestyle or perspectives of burkemsn emotional jellied wimp like myself. All the goal setting we do, all the positive visualizations, are attempts to nail down a secure surprise-free future. Turnoff and common, that is. I on the other hand am a jelly person. Surprisingly, he feels, therein lies the path to happiness – or at least the path to detachment, acceptance and contentment.

It’s a version of the old sort of parlor game that if you try really hard not to think about a polar bear, that the only thing that you can think about byrkeman that context is polar bears.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking by Oliver Burkeman

Feb 22, Damaskcat rated it it was amazing. There were so many fascinating parts of this book that I think I’ll have to reread it. The ultimate message behind at least buroeman chapter is that if you are feeling insecure, depressed, fearful or unmotivated just STFU and keep driving, a very complex philosophy that has intuitively gotten me through some of the worst days of my life.


Loading comments… Antidtoe loading? WildeI still don’t believe that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. His British mind is possessed of the same existential unease that afflicts a good portion of thinking people, and he’s willing to sample our culture’s many remedies to locate his relief.

Not to change, but to validate who we are. Mar 02, Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing Shelves: Descartes’s extreme doubt was dangerously radical in the context of absolute monarchy by divine right. He sums it up by talking about “negative capability” that is if I understand it the idea of accepting that life is uncertain, sometimes painful, and that feeling wonderful all the time is not even desirable how sweet is sweet when there’s nothing but sweet? How the Buddhists detach themselves from their negative and positive emotions and observe them dispassionately.

Dec 04, Henrik Lindberg rated it it was ok.

Instead, Burkeman imagines an approach that draws on a blend of different techniques including those espoused by Stoics, Buddhists, and even the spiritualist Eckhart Tolle. I found a patient sitting there, crying quietly.

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This is probably not news to most people. Burkeman tells NPR’s Audie Cornish about his search for the key to happiness antifote the self-help advice that drives him crazy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I ended up feeling like a lot of what Burkeman was ghe to say, really applied to me.

To buroeman analytically inclined, my goal would be to focus this skill more on the unpleasant side of the Gaussian distribution of life experiences. Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse.


I have encountered ‘postive psychology’ in my education studies and while I must admit that some aspects my be burkemzn, I cringe at the People often remark on how happy I always appear.

The problem is that we have developed the habit of chronically overvaluing positivity and the skills of ‘doing’ in how we think about happiness and that we chronically undervalue negativity and the ‘not-doing’ skills, such as resting in uncertainty or getting friendly towards failure.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking

Budkeman one of his suggestions was that if you have a real problem with embarrassment, you should deliberately embarrass yourself in order to bring your beliefs about how terrible that would be into direct confrontation with reality.

I think it’s got the wrong title, because this makes it sound like pop-psychology, and this is much more than that.

The idea that there is no single solution for our problems, happiness or otherwise, is in itself I think a great service to the reader. The Antidote explores that interesting idea. There is no quick and easy fix for happiness.

Favorite Quote “The point here is not that negative capability is always superior to the positive kind.

The first thing he learns is that you can’t suppress negative thoughts — suppression doesn’t work. To quote an example from book:

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