David Brooks Defines the New ‘Social Animal’

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

An article on the NPR Web site describes The Social Animal, a book emphasizing the importance of personal connection. The article sheds light on why connecting with others truly matters to our well-being. It talks about David Brooks’ book on human interconnection and how people are influenced by those around them–the article cites the events currently unfolding in the Middle East:

“Viewing people’s actions through the lens of the unconscious feelings and how they’re influenced by the people closest to them has caused Brooks to see events like those unfolding in the Middle East in a new way. He notes that in situations like the one in Egypt, signals transferred from person to person affected the mood and emotions of the entire country. A key way to understand why individuals make the choices they do, Brooks says, is to ‘think of the models in their heads, to think of the way they see the world.'”

Read the entire article on Brooks’ book and an excerpt here.

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