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Bittersweet : how sorrow and longing make us whole / Susan Cain.

Cain, Susan, (author.).


"With her mega-bestseller Quiet, Susan Cain urged our society to cultivate space for the undervalued, indispensable introverts among us, thereby revealing an untapped power hidden in plain sight. Now, she employs the same mix of research, storytelling, and memoir to explore why we experience sorrow and longing, and the surprising lessons these states of mind teach us about creativity, compassion, leadership, spirituality, mortality and love. Bittersweetness is a tendency to states of longing, poignancy, and sorrow; an acute awareness of passing time; and a curiously piercing joy when beholding beauty. It recognizes that light and dark, birth and death-bitter and sweet-are forever paired. A song in a minor key, an elegiac poem, or even a touching television commercial all can bring us to this sublime, even holy, state of mind-and, ultimately, to greater kinship with our fellow humans. But bittersweetness is not, as we tend to think, just a momentary feeling or event. It's also a way of being, a storied heritage. Our artistic and spiritual traditions--amplified by recent scientific and management research--teach us its power. Cain shows how a bittersweet state of mind is the quiet force that helps us transcend our personal and collective pain. If we don't acknowledge our own sorrows and longings, she says, we can end up inflicting them on others via abuse, domination, or neglect. But if we realize that all humans know--or will know--loss and suffering, we can turn toward each other. And we can learn to transform our own pain into creativity, transcendence, and connection. At a time of profound discord and personal anxiety, Bittersweet brings us together in deep and unexpected ways"-- Publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9780451499783
  • ISBN: 0451499786
  • Physical Description: xxxiv, 310 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-293) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The power of bittersweet -- Part I. Sorrow and longing: how can we transform pain into creativity, transcendence, and love?. What is sadness good for? ; Why do we long for "perfect" and unconditional love? (And what does this have to do with our love of sad songs, rainy days, and even the divine?) ; Is creativity associated with sorrow, longing--and transcendence? ; How should we cope with lost love? -- Part II. Winners and losers: how can we live and work authentically in a "tyranny of positivity"?. How did a nation founded on so much heartache turn into a culture of normative smiles? ; How can we transcend enforced positivity in the workplace, and beyond? -- Part III. Mortality, impermanence, and grief: how should we live, knowing that we and everyone we love will die?. Should we try to live forever? ; Should we try to "get over" grief and impermanence? ; Do we inherit the pain of our parents and ancestors? And, if so, can we transform it generations later? -- Coda: How to go home.
Subject: Grief.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
Depressive Disorder.
Réalisation de soi.
Self-actualization (Psychology)
PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions.
SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / General.
Genre: SELF-HELP / Spiritual.
Self-help publications.
Self-help publications.
Livres de croissance personnelle.

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