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David Brooks was born in Toronto, Canada on August 11, 1961. He received a degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1983. After graduation, he worked as a police reporter for the City News Bureau. His other jobs include numerous posts at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The visa mer Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly. He currently is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003 and a weekly commentator on PBS NewsHour. He is the author of the several books including Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense, and The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement. He is also the editor of the anthology Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing. David Brooks made the New York Times Best Seller List with his title Social Animal: the Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement and The Road to Character. (Publisher Provided) visa färre
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David Brooks and the end of philosophy i Philosophy and Theory (april 2009)


I read Bobos in Paradise years back when it first came out. This is better; or rather, it starts out similarly and a little detachedly, but improved as it went - especially as it got personal.

Brooks is a good writer and an astute observer. Everyone sees the world through their specific lens. Brooks sees the world through affluent, well-heeled eyes--this is what he knows, what he lives, and the social circles through which he travels. That's an observation, not a faulting. Sometimes it shows up in his writing - like when he makes a point about how a plumber has to be super-careful to be taken as credible among an educated, academic crowd. That's likely true from the POV of an educated, academic, coastal-dwelling, Ivy-leagueish type of crowd. But the plumber? If he's mixing with that crowd at all, he's not looking to impress them and he doesn't care what they think of him--he knows plenty about life and people that many elitists don't and never will.

This book is really a gentle way to tell elitists to get out of their ivory towers, burst the bubbles they live in, or step out from behind their screen and mix it up with real people. That there's joy in understanding and seeing a person - not an identify, not a stereotype, not a political party, but the complex, nuanced, and wonder-full person right in front of them. In my experience, many don't want to, some don't know how to, and Brooks points out what they're missing. Also, he offers advice on ways to do it.

The chapter where Brooks' writing got personal is when he tells about his childhood, lifelong friend who succumbed to suicide. That got real and vulnerable and was Brooks at his best.

Recommended primarily to those who denigrate people who think differently, hold fewer degrees, or work 'dirty' jobs, as somehow less than and/or those who've ever used the phrase "flyover country" unironically.
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angiestahl | 6 andra recensioner | May 12, 2024 |
Summary: An exploration of how we might see people deeply and help them know that they are seen.

Most of us would want to be known as people who help people feel seen and to be deeply seen ourselves. But in our most honest moments, we have to admit we are not very good at this. We don’t listen well. We are far more capable of trying to impress others with our stories, our wit, our accomplishments. One of the most winsome aspects of this book is David Brooks candid admission that this characterizes his relationships far too often, even during his journey to explore this subject.

With his trademark clarity mixing research and personal narrative, Brooks describes the nature of good relationships, where people are seen by each other. He organizes this inquiry into three parts. The first of these is “I See You.” He speaks of how important and how lacking this is. He writes about the ways we often size up and diminish others. By contrast, he describes the qualities of an Illuminator, a model he will hold up and develop throughout the book: tender, receptive, actively curious, affectionate, generous, and holistic, seeing the whole person. Such people also are skilled in the practice of accompaniment, a relaxed awareness of the other as we share life with them. He discusses the marks of good conversations, where we loop back, actively listening, and avoid being the “topper.” He distinguishes between unhelpful questions where we stay superficial and the questions that take us deeper, that invite people to share something more of themselves.

The second part of the book goes deeper in seeing others in their struggles. One of the most powerful chapters in this section concerns how you serve someone in despair, and Brooks narrates his efforts to do this with a friend who eventually ended his life. He writes about what it means to empathize, describing it as mirroring, mentalizing, and caring. He speaks of how Illuminators are both aware of how they’ve been shaped by suffering and allow others who are suffering to process this question.

The final part of the book explores what it means to see people in their strengths. He summarizes personality with “the Big Five” ((he’s not much of a Myers-Briggs fan): extroversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, agreeableness, and openness. He has a chapter on life tasks, reminding us that people are in a lifelong process of growth and that knowing someone involves discerning where in that process they are. He explores how we listen to and understand life stories and watch for how ancestors show up. He concludes with asking about the nature of wisdom and how it is acquired over a life, and how that changes our relationships.

In a time where we are so divided, where depression and anxiety are skyrocketing and our Surgeon General has named loneliness as a public health crisis, David Brooks has written a book that represents both a way to address many of these concerns and that appeals to “the better angels of our nature.” He writes as a fellow-learner on the journey, not as an authority. He speaks to one of the basics of life that often is overshadowed by the glitzy and the glamourous. He reminds us of the qualities of a good friend. He encourages me to want to be one.
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BobonBooks | 6 andra recensioner | Apr 23, 2024 |
David Brooks is a far better writer than I knew. The book is a collection of well-written short biographies of a number of people (such as Dwight Eisenhower, George Marshall, Frances Perkins, George Elliot, etc) describing the trials and tribulations they endured that allowed them to build character and achieve deserved prominence. A final chapter summarizes the biographies and describes some of the commonality of the experience of the subjects.

rscottm182gmailcom | 21 andra recensioner | Mar 12, 2024 |
Brooks is an excellent popularizer of social psych and social wisdom. Not a lit review, but a survey of the ways we can know others and the ways we avoid knowing and being known. Richly elaborated with examples from friends, from his reading, and from his own life. A very thoughtful book that is offered as an antidote for our alienated and polarized age.
brianstagner | 6 andra recensioner | Feb 28, 2024 |



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