In Status Anxiety, bestselling author Alain de Botton sets out to
understand our universal fear of failure - and how we might change. 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 book that is not
only entertaining and thought-provoking - but genuinely wise and helpful as
well. 'Clever, wise. De Botton's gift is to prompt us to think about how we
live and how we might change things' The Times 'De Botton analyses modern
society with great charm, learning and humour. His remedies come as a
welcome relief when most books offering solutions to the stresses of life
recommend the lotus position' Daily Mail 'Measured, amused, compassionate .
. . de Botton is a surefooted discoverer of the pungent but less well known
quote' Daily Telegraph 'A purveyor of serious buy playful manuals for
living' GQ 'Turned me into a fan, for its range, insight, wit and sheer
usefulness' Daily Express Alain de Botton's bestselling books include
Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How
Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of
Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives
in London and founded The School of Life ( and
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Alain de Botton—Status Anxiety

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