Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Social Animal: the hidden sources of love, character, and achievement

This was the summer book club book choice. Folks were strongly divided over their opinions of the book and its author--they either liked it or hated it. I liked it. I think it's a nice interweaving of a lot of social theories with characters. Imagine that it's a serial published in Psychology Today, and maybe that will give you a better sense of which camp you'd fit into after reading it.

p. 208: "This yearning for harmony, or limerence, can manifest itself in small mundane ways. People experience a small spark of pleasure when they solve a crossword puzzle or when they sit down and find a perfectly set table that meets their standards of 'just so.'"

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