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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan Haidt
Introduction of The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
About the Author: Jonathan Haidt
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Summary of “The Happiness Hypothesis”
In the first chapter, the split self,
The second chapter, emotional style,
Chapter 3, The Instinct of Reciprocity
the sixth chapter
- From the perspective of biology and sociology to analyze the origin of human love,
- From the philosophical point of view to sublimate the concept of love.
- The importance of relationships is illustrated by suicide theory.
- Adversity must occur at the right time (as early as adulthood)
- The object must also be right (with enough social and psychological volunteers, can you face challenges and benefit from them)
- Just the right degree (not severe enough to cause "post-traumatic stress disorder")
In the ninth chapter,
Book Review of The Happiness Hypothesis
- 1) Meditation. Consciously control your thoughts, focus, and let your mind go. Meditation is all about changing the automatic thought process and taming the elephant in you. When you release the attachment in your heart, it means that you tame the elephant in your heart. For the Buddha, psychological attachment is like gambling on a roulette wheel, in which someone else is spinning the wheel: the more you indulge in it, the worse you lose. The only way to win is to leave the table. The only way to get off the gaming table and not care about life's ups and downs is to meditate and tame the restless mind. When you give up the joy of winning, you also let go of the pain of losing, and the latter is definitely higher than the former.
- 2) Cognitive therapy. Depressed people have three perceptions, namely "I am a bad person", "My world is dark", and "My future is hopeless". The automatic thinking in a depressed and depressed person's mind is often full of unconstructive gray thoughts, especially when things go wrong. The most important thing in cognitive therapy is to train patients to master their own thoughts, write down their thoughts, point out distortions, and then find alternatives and more correct ways of thinking. The success of cognitive therapy is that it teaches the rider how to train the elephant, rather than just reasoning with the elephant and defeating it. You can only change your emotional style in the process by changing your automated thought process bit by bit. In fact, many psychotherapists have combined the techniques advocated by cognitive therapy and behaviorism to create what we now call "cognitive-behavioral therapy."
- 3) Prozac. Prozac is what we generally call the "Selective Serotonin Reuptake Resistant (SSRI)" class of antidepressant drugs, such drugs include Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, etc. Prozac enters synapses first, but it selectively affects only synapses that use serotonin for nerve conduction. Once inside these synapses, Prozac resists the process of resorption. People taking Prozac have higher levels of serotonin at certain synapses in the brain, so connected neurons respond more frequently.
- First, once you can stand up to the challenges of life, you can stimulate your original hidden abilities, and these abilities will change your original concept of self.
- The second benefit is in interpersonal relationships. Adversity not only lets us know who is a friend of wine and meat, and who is a friend who can share weal and woe. We will also have love and gratitude for those who care for us in times of trouble.
- Third, trauma changes life priorities and perceptions of the present moment and others (living every day to the fullest).
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