Barry Schwartz studies the link between economics and psychology, offering startling insights into modern life. Lately, working with Ken Sharpe, he’s studying wisdom.
In his 2004 book The Paradox of Choice , Barry Schwartz tackles one of the great mysteries of modern life: Why is it that societies of great abundance — where individuals are offered more freedom and choice (personal, professional, material) than ever before — are now witnessing a near-epidemic of depression? Conventional wisdom tells us that greater choice is for the greater good, but Schwartz argues the opposite: He makes a compelling case that the abundance of choice in today’s western world is actually making us miserable.
Infinite choice is paralyzing, Schwartz argues, and exhausting to the human psyche. It leads us to set unreasonably high expectations, question our choices before we even make them and blame our failures entirely on ourselves. His relatable examples, from consumer products (jeans, TVs, salad dressings) to lifestyle choices (where to live, what job to take, who and when to marry), underscore this central point: Too much choice undermines happiness.
Schwartz’s previous research has addressed morality, decision-making and the varied inter-relationships between science and society. Before Paradox he published The Costs of Living, which traces the impact of free-market thinking on the explosion of consumerism — and the effect of the new capitalism on social and cultural institutions that once operated above the market, such as medicine, sports, and the law.
Both books level serious criticism of modern western society, illuminating the under-reported psychological plagues of our time. But they also offer concrete ideas on addressing the problems, from a personal and societal level.
“Whether choosing a health-care plan, choosing a college class or even buying a pair of jeans, Schwartz shows that a bewildering array of choices floods our exhausted brains, ultimately restricting instead of freeing us.”
Central Association of Psychology Students (CAPS) is organising Yoga & Tai Chi Training from June 1-7 2011 in the Tribhuvan University Premises. Interested participants can contact Pradeep Acharya, Secretary for registration. Call him at 9841168879.
Venue: Tribhuvan University Premises
Dates: June 1-7 2011
Time: 6 am – 9 am.
Instructor: Shyam Sundar Shrestha.
Contact: Pradeep Acharya, Secretary, CAPS 9841168879.
Registration fee: Rs. 300 (CAPS member); Rs. 500 (CAPS non-member).
YOGA AND TAI CHI
Prepared by: Instructor- Shyam Sundar Shrestha.
Yoga: The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’. It means union, join, bind, or communion. It is true union of our will with the will of god. Here god means not person it is symbol of supreme ultimate power or force.
Tai chi chuan or taijiquan: Its literal meaning is ‘supreme ultimate fist’ or internal martial art.
Yoga is from India and tai chi is from China. The similarities between tai chi and yoga have both school of thought are practiced in ‘chi/prana’ or soul. Their methods are designed for meditation, self-awareness and enlightenment. In essence, their systems are designed to bring the mind and body into harmony. Yoga and Tai Chi both allow the individual to proceed at their own pace and level of ability. Both require very little equipment, and results can be felt immediately. Both result in increased energy, flexibility and a positive, healthy attitude.
Yoga practice in physically stable. Either standing or either lying down body position but tai chi is practice in standing, as a slow dance-like meditative exercise.
According the yoga our life is depending on breathing. If breathing is regular and slow we live long life and if our breathing is irregular and fast our life is too short or die soon. As well as our thinking process is depend on our breathing level. If we can change our breathing rate our thinking process should be change automatically.
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