‘Status Anxiety’ focuses on a worldly concern
Publish Date : Tuesday 9 October 2018 - 10:23
IBNA-A key book by Swiss-British philosopher Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety (2004) which focuses on one of the prevalent concerns of work today has been translated and published in Persian.
According to IBNA
correspondent, ‘Status Anxiety’
has been translated by Zahra Bakhtari into Persian and released by Chatrang Publishing in Tehran. Status Anxiety can be defined as the constant tension or fear of being perceived as "unsuccessful" by the society in materialistic terms.
Philosopher de Botton
says that today, every individual constantly tries to outsmart each other to climb up the social ladder. We care about our status for a simple reason: because most people tend to be nice to us according to the amount of status we have (it is no coincidence that the first question we tend to be asked by new acquaintances is ‘ What do you do?’).
With the help of philosophers, artists and writers, the book examines the origins of status anxiety (ranging from the consequences of the French Revolution to our secret dismay at the success of our friends), before revealing ingenious ways in which people have learnt to overcome their worries in their search for happiness. It aims not only to be entertaining, but wise and helpful as well.
From the view of de Botton, Meritocracy is a primary cause of status anxiety. Meritocracy is a society that believes that only the talented and the meritorious will end up at the top of the social ladder. Snobbery, envy, lovelessness are some other causes of status anxiety.
Earlier the books 'On love' (1993); 'Essays in love' (1993) and 'How Proust Can Change Your Life' (1997) have been translated into Persian.
‘Status Anxiety’, Persian version has been published in 283 eight pages and 1000 copies.