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The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
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Apr 15, 11

bookshelves: hella-sweet-book-club-read, non-fiction, reviewed, psychology
Read from April 11 to 14, 2011

Schwartz's hypotheses are all well-backed-up with academic studies conducted by him and others. His evidence is never anecdotal except when referring to his own personal experiences or those of people close to him and these anecdotes are always followed by academic studies and analysis. The book is somewhat repetitive but interesting and well-organized.

As a satisficer who used to maximize in a lot more ways than I currently do (and suffered from depression for it) this book put into language what I spent many years teaching myself to do to help me be happy in life. Everything Schwartz wrote about was so familiar to me and made me think things like, "so that's why I felt better when I got a B in a class and no longer had the expectation that I could only get A's." I like that the book gives language to what we all struggle with on a daily basis - just understanding it makes it easier to face.

Themes: social science, human psychology, America, choice, happiness, depression, freedom, social status, comparison
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Tom I read it and found some useful points.


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