Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious (The Pursuit of Unhappiness)

This is my first book on constructivist epistemology, definitely an introductive book by Paul Watzlawick a theoretician in Communication Theory and Radical Constructivism.
Watzlawick in "The Situation Is Hopeless, but Not Serious" gives you the best way to be scientifically unhappy. We read:

It's time to end the millennial fable that happiness and serenity are desirable goals of life.
Many examples are clearly ironic and at the same time contain a fund of truth. The book is quite famous mainly for the hammer story:

A man wants to hang a painting. He has the nail, but not the hammer. Therefore it occurs to him to go over to the neighbor and ask him to lend him his hammer. But at this point, doubt sets in. What if he doesn't want to lend me the hammer? Yesterday he barely spoke to me. Maybe he was in a hurry. Or, perhaps, he holds something against me. But why? I didn't do anything to him. If he would ask me to lend him something, I would, at once. How can he refuse to lend me his hammer? People like him make other people's life miserable. Worst, he thinks that I need him because he has a hammer. This is got to stop ! And suddenly the guy runs to the neighbor's door, rings, and before letting him say anything, he screams: "You can keep your hammer, you b......"
The second main Watzlawick's contribute is on techniques that make it possible to avoid solving problems. Another good technique do be unhappy.

Definitly quick read with a simple the key: know how to be unhappy to become instantly happy.

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