Trying Not to Try

Trying Not to Try

By Edward Slingerland

  • Release Date : 2014-04-03
  • Genre : Social Science
  • FIle Size : 3.10 MB
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Trying Not to Try A Guardian Best Book of 2014
A 2014 Brain Pickings Best Book on Psychology, Philosophy, and How to Live Meaningfully

Why is it hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes?

What if, contrary to what we have long been told, spontaneity - not striving - is the answer to success? Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can embody a spontaneous way of being and live more fulfilling lives.


  • East greets West

    By Sifu Neil Gould
    One of the best books of its type I've read in ages. Dry and yet punchy. Poignant, thought provoking and very hard to put down. Philosophy, psychology and Eastern meets Western thought in an explosion of ideas and analogies. Awesomeness distilled.