Art Lowell's Reviews > The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

The Social Animal by David  Brooks
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Mar 21, 2012

really liked it

I can understand why people who study psychology academically would find this disappointing, but for me, it was a great introductory course. How many times have I asked myself, "Why did I do that? I knew better, but I did it anyway". Just the notion that the bulk of human decision-making takes place on an unconscious level would be revolutionary to most people. Either through ignorance or denial. Probably because it challenges the idea and power of "free will". Best of all, Brooks' writing is fun and entertaining. I don't care for his political proclivities, but I appreciate his thoughtfulness and humanity. He probably dubbed it as the "happiest story" as a choice made on a mostly unconscious level.

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