Thrilled to Death
How the Endless Pursuit of Pleasure Is Leaving Us Numb A fascinating exploration of the profound loss of pleasure in our daily lives and the seven steps for restoring it. Pleasure. We know what it feels like and many of...
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How the Endless Pursuit of Pleasure Is Leaving Us Numb
A fascinating exploration of the profound loss of pleasure in our daily lives and the seven steps for restoring it.
Pleasure. We know what it feels like and many of us spend our days trying to experience it. But can too much pleasure actually be bad for us? Yes, says Dr. Archibald Hart, clinical psychologist and expert in behavioural psychology. Backed by recent brain-imaging research, Dr. Hart shares that to some extent, our pursuit of extreme and overstimulating thrills hijacks our pleasure system and robs us of our ability to experience pleasure in simple things. We are literally being thrilled to death.
In this insightful book, Dr. Hart explores the stark rise in a phenomenon known as anhedonia, an inability to experience pleasure or happiness. Previously linked only to serious emotional disorders, anhedonia is now seen as a contributing factor in depression (specifically nonsadness depression) and in the growing number of people who complain of profound boredom. This emotional numbness and loss of joy are results of the overuse of our brain's pleasure circuits. In Thrilled to Death, Dr. Hart explains the processes of the brain's pleasure centre, the damaging trends of overindulgence and overstimulation, the signs and problems of anhedonia, and the seven important steps we must take to recover our wonderful joy in living.
Dr. Archibald D. Hart is a clinical psychologist and senior professor of psychology and dean emeritus of the Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He also serves as the president of the International Network for Christian Counselors. Dr. Hart is an internationally known speaker and author of twenty-four books, including Adrenalin and Stress, Stress and Your Child, Helping Children Survive Divorce, The Sexual Man and The Anxiety Cure. He and his wife, Kathleen, live very happily in Southern California, surrounded by their children and grandchildren.