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The Social Animal

The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

By David Brooks
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The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks

The Social Animal (2011) reviews a trove of scientific evidence explaining what actually determines human behavior. Our iceberg-like unconscious mind helps us navigate the world with split-second judgment, while certain inborn traits drive us to be successful in life. You’re both a lot – and a lot less – smarter than you think!

  • Students of human behavior who want to know what makes us tick
  • Skeptics curious about whether people really are rational beings
  • Anyone who’s interested in understanding what determines our success in life

David Brooks is an American journalist and political commentator best known as a New York Times op-ed columnist. He has also contributed to the New Yorker, Forbes, The Times Literary Supplement and many other esteemed publications.


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