The School of Life

An Emotional Education

by Alain de Botton

Number of pages: 336

Publisher: The School of Life

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-1912891450

About the Author

Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1969 and now lives in London. He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries.


Editorial Review

Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century. But what does it really mean?One decade ago, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life, an institute dedicated to understanding and improving our emotional intelligence. Now he presents the gathered wisdom of those ten years in a wide-ranging and innovative compendium of emotional intelligence which forms an introduction to The School of Life. Using his trademark mixture of analysis and anecdote, philosophical insight and practical wisdom, he considers how we interact with each and with ourselves, and how we can do so better.From the reigning master of popular philosophy, The School of Life: An Emotional Education is an essential look at the skill set that defines our modern lives.

Book Reviews

The main thrust of the book is to bust the myth that matters of emotion are innate and allergic to rational thinking. The key claim is that the notion of Romanticism brought to us by popular storytelling has harmed our ability to reach sustainable emotional insight.

This book, and the other books in The School of Life series, help provide the awareness and education that ought to have started when we were in middle school.

This is a book about everything you were never taught at school. It's about how to understand your emotions, find and sustain love, succeed in your career, fail well and overcome shame and guilt. It's also about letting go of the myth of a perfect life in order to achieve genuine emotional maturity. Written in a hugely accessible, warm and humane style,The School of Lifeis the ultimate guide to the emotionally fulfilled lives we all long for - and deserve.

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Wisdom to Share

“We will be reminded – once more – that love is a skill, not an emotion.”

“The emotionally intelligent person knows that love is a skill, not a feeling, and will require trust, vulnerability, generosity, humour, sexual understanding and selective resignation.”

“We will still be anxious when we finally have the house, the relationship and the right income.”

“Irritability is anger that lacks self-knowledge.”

“but people simply never need to harm others if they are not first tormented themselves.”

Excessive self-hatred is a great enemy of relationships, but so too is excessive self-love.

We need to be alone because life among other people unfolds too quickly

The slowest among us can, in a few hours, pick up ideas that it took a few rare geniuses a lifetime to acquire

To wonder too openly, or intensely, about the meaning of life sounds like a peculiar, ill-fated and unintentionally comedic pastime

Love isn't a luxury, it's a gateway to our survival and sanity