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Trying Not to Try
Author: Professor of Asian Studies Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition Edward Slingerland

ISBN: 9780770437633
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 3 March 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5 x 1.0
Description:
A deeply original exploration of the power of spontaneity-an ancient Chinese ideal that cognitive scientists are only now beginning to understand-and why it is so essential to our well-being

Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.

In Trying Not To Try, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. We've long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort. But recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life, like happiness and spontaneity, are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world, which they call...

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