Friday, January 2, 2009

Status Anxiety - Alain De Botton

Thanks to Marieca for suggesting this amazing documentary series. I am a big fan of De Botton and have been looking forward to posting this one for a long time.

We all worry about what others think of us. We all long to succeed and fear failure. We all suffer – to a greater or lesser degree, usually privately and with embarrassment – from status anxiety.

For the first time, Alain de Botton gives a name to this universal condition and sets out to investigate both its origins and possible solutions. He looks at history, philosophy, economics, art and politics – and reveals the many ingenious ways that great minds have overcome their worries. The result is a documentary that is not only entertaining and thought-provoking – but genuinely wise and helpful as well.

Alain de Botton was born in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel. I have already posted his video version of the consolations of philosophy here. This is the only other De Botton book that has been adapted to film.

Parts 2 and 3 of this series only seem to be availble on YouTube, I apologise for having to post them in broken up format here. I have compiled parts 2 and 3 into YT playlists so you can watch all of each part in a single window.




Buy this life changing documentary on DVD today...

1 comment:

dennis said...

nice one! I read the book, but didn´t know there is also a tv-serie.
I´ve posted the same video on my blog too.
Care about a link exchange?