The Thing You Think You Cannot Do: Thirty Truths You Need to by Gordon Livingston

By Gordon Livingston

What are we frightened of and what will we do approximately it? Fear—of swap, of intimacy, of loss, of the unknown—has turn into a corrosive effect in glossy existence, eroding our skill to imagine sincerely. Exploited for energy via politicians and for cash by way of the media, it has develop into embedded within the manner we predict approximately our lives. Overcoming our worry, says Gordon Livingston, constitutes the main tricky fight we are facing. Dr. Livingston, a psychiatrist, has more and more discovered himself prescribing virtues like braveness to his sufferers rather than tranquilizers or antidepressants.

Here, he offers us with thirty truths that let us know all what we have to do to enhance own virtues within the face of societal and our personal person fears. And he does this with the crystalline prose and leavening wit that experience made him an across the world bestselling writer. because the celebrated novelist Mark Helprin has stated of Dr. Livingston: “To learn him is to belief him and to profit, for his existence has been touched by means of fireplace, and his causes are totally pure.”

“You achieve energy, braveness, and self assurance by means of each adventure within which you actually cease to seem worry within the face. you need to do the item that you imagine you can't do.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Any person of any philosophic persuasion who sits on a hot stove will verify without any intellectual argument whatsoever that he is in an undeniably low-quality situation: that the value of his predicament is negative. This low quality is not just a vague, woolly-headed, crypto-religious, metaphysical abstraction. It is an experience. It is not a judgment about an experience. It is not a description of experience. The value itself is an experience. As such it is completely predictable. It is verifiable by anyone who cares to do so.

These were the jargon terms of sociology into which they converted things they wanted to attack. That's how you know when you're within a walled city, Phaedrus thought. The jargon. They've cut themselves off from the rest of the world and are speaking a jargon only they can really understand. 'Worse yet,' they went on, the deceptive ease of explanation in terms of norms or value attitudes encourages an inattentiveness to methodological problems. By virtue of their subjective emotion and ethical character, norms and especially values are among the world's most difficult objects to identify with certainty.

How about the US Treasury? Who in this world is more specific than the Internal Revenue Service? As Kluckhohn kept saying, values are not the least vague when you're dealing with them in terms of actual experience. It's only when you bring back statements about them and try to integrate them into the overall jargon of anthropology that they become vague. This attack on Kroeber and Kluckhohn's 'values' was a good example of what had stopped Phaedrus' own entry into the field. You can't get anywhere because you are forced to resolve arguments every step of the way about the basic terms you are using.

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