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3.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 53.81 out of 5 3.81 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tal Ben-Shahar Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781598879049
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Happy or perfect? Which do you want? A Harvard professor and expert on happiness argues that people are unhappy because they're caught in the Myth of Perfection <#150> a dangerous trend fueling our obsession with having it all. He believes that instead o Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/18/2014

    " I read this book to start dealing with my perfectionism. Originally recommended by my dentist, and now by myself. It's a straightforward read and I got through it relatively quickly. I loved the part about embracing aging. Encourages you to incorporate more optimalism into your life. Couldn't we all use a little more of that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/11/2014

    " Combining the the best of current thinking, this book is extremely helpful in navigating away from traps of perfectionism while providing practical advice for becoming an "Optimizer"--someone who understands that failure is essential to learning, that critique brings ideas and improvement, and that consciously determining what is "good enough" is the route to a satisfying life. Great thought questions, meditations, exercises woven in with research, stories and views from experts in many fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 2/11/2014

    " The majority of my childhood was a complete pursuit of perfection till I got to high school. I was captain of every sport, learn to do everything a bit better. When I got to high school my lack of perfection caused a complete mental downward spiral into depression that lasted to adulthood. I read this book a couple years ago and it really changed my life and made me realize that I was ok where I was and that I didn't need to be "Perfect". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pri | 2/10/2014

    " Good mix of information. A lot of references to sources I've read in the past - but good to see them reinforced again. Deals with the concept of failure and perfectionism and the preferred way to handle some situations. not life changing - but an interesting read that has made me think about myself a bit differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/7/2014

    " THE psychology book of my life! amazing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zahra Clayborne | 2/5/2014

    " The perfectionist in me appreciated the advice given by Ben Shahar. I found it too similar to Happier, though, which I read first. Both books are great if you want to learn more about Positive Psychology. I'm not into self-help so I appreciate a more objective approach to happiness. I have utilized a lot of Ben Shahar's tips to great success. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tristyn | 1/17/2014

    " This book for me was interesting and hopeful. I could identify myself in every page, and with each word I progressed through, I felt lighter and more capable. I don't typically read these types of books, but am thankful that I have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt Nolan | 12/22/2013

    " Not the first book I've read on positive psychology, but a great introduction to it for anyone (and a great addition to my thoughts on the subject), whether looking to learn about the field or not. Probably wouldn't be a bad hand-out to incoming first years on any campus in the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne Chang | 12/14/2013

    " for all us perfectionists all there "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cliff | 11/24/2013

    " Loved it! If you ever feel the doldrums of being caught in a downward spiral about your the lack of time in your schedule, insecurities about yourself, need to control every situation, getting mad a minute things in your life, then this is the book for you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ithil 'quessir | 10/20/2013

    " Very interesting book. It tells us that we should be optimal and not seek perfection. Accepting failure as part of our lives would definitely improve our quality of living. This is a must-read for all those perfectionists out there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/1/2013

    " Everyone needs to read this one. Give yourself and those around you a break. NOBODY is perfect, so stop stressing so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Garfinkel | 4/12/2013

    " Really interesting take on the widespread phenomenon of perfection; how it harms people; and what you can do about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 3/20/2013

    " I liked the discussion of cognitive distortions, but it didn't really cover any new ground. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/11/2013

    " A very good book for perfectionists to read, if only because it allows you to see that 1) you aren't the first/only one to feel this way and 2) there's a better way to be, that doesn't compromise your success. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 11/23/2012

    " I liked Happier, but I really thought this one could have been condensed into a magazine article. No new ground, really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan457 | 7/1/2012

    " While Tal Ben-Shahar goes farther into New Age and Eastern Religion philosophy than I am comfortable with, there was a great deal about this book that I really liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 5/17/2012

    " Interesting concept of not trying to stop your perfectionist tendencies but tweak your perceptions and use them for good instead of evil. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 4/25/2012

    " I am learning to stop freaking out about the stuff that doesn't really matter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regan | 6/26/2011

    " An insightful, revealing, and ultimately hopeful read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Conroy | 5/17/2011

    " Accessible text with great follow-up exercises that allow the reader to put positive psychology principles into practice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie | 2/25/2011

    " 3.5, really. Lots of applicable insight. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolene | 2/10/2011

    " Read this book as part of a study group. There are lots of great one-liners that make one think but the sum total of the book will not surprise or shock you. Application- You never know how your actions may effect those around you, live in the moment but plan for the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 2/1/2011

    " I wasn't any happier after reading this book than I was before I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey Mae | 10/17/2010

    " Fantastic! Coming from a guy that created a Harvard class on happiness, a class that drew in more students than any campus has ever seen...need I say more. I love the outlook of what success is too. Success is not measured by money; it is measured by happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 10/11/2010

    " Fantastic! Coming from a guy that created a Harvard class on happiness, a class that drew in more students than any campus has ever seen...need I say more. I love the outlook of what success is too. Success is not measured by money; it is measured by happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/7/2010

    " A refreshing look at what happiness is and how to obtain it. The book is a little thin on any empirical justification for his theories and has some dodgy food metaphors, but intuitively it seems right and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what he said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 8/19/2010

    " Very insightful! I would recommend to anyone wishing to stray away from the typical "self-help" book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tmlcoaching | 8/17/2010

    " Oh well. Great cover, Harvard, a fellow Israeli, so I gave it a try. Found it said nothing new, and made it very simplistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 8/4/2010

    " I loved this book. It is a bit of an academic look at happiness philosophies. Just like the Happiness Project it is something to read a little at a time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/4/2010

    " It was an ok book. It made me think about what makes me happy, but it felt repetitive, especially the meditations at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glad | 7/15/2010

    " Smart, insightful. He references studies and other people's work to back up his ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/7/2010

    " I liked it alot , gave me a lot of good ideas and some tweaks in my thinking about how to achieve happiness in my life , and therefore be able to share that with those about me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/30/2010

    " Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar offers suggestions for finding happiness based upon the most popular course at Harvard that he teaches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/13/2010

    " Great tidbits in this book. Some things are a little cheesy, but that's not surprising for a book about being Happier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sleeps9hours | 5/30/2010

    " Written by a Harvard professor, based on his positive psychology class. Not the best happiness book out there, but a quick read with some worthy insights and research results. "

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About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar, himself a Harvard graduate, is one of Harvard University’s most popular lecturers; he has been profiled on NPR and featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, and Boston Globe. He teaches Positive Psychology and other classes to an amazing 20% of all Harvard graduates each semester. For the last ten years he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership, ethics, and self-esteem. He lives in Boston and Jerusalem.

About the Narrator

Eric Conger is a stage actor, voice artist, and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has narrated more than 125 fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and was a four-time finalist for the Audie Award, both as a sole narrator in 2007 and 2008 and as part of a multicast reading in 2001 and 2012. He has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards. His extensive voice-over work includes more than 5,000 narrations for commercial ventures. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Paris, he also works as a writer and playwright. He has appeared in over fifty plays and has also translated plays of Molière and Feydeau for regional theaters. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.