The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (and Why They Are So Good For You)

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Harmony/Rodale, 07.02.2012 - 224 Seiten
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Pride, lust, gluttony, greed, envy, sloth, and anger.

They’re considered “deadly” because of their capacity to generate other evils.  The truth is, we all sin and we do it all the time—in fact, usually several times over before breakfast!  But human behavior, argues social psychologist Simon Laham, is more complex than “good” or “evil.”  In psychology, these sins aren’t considered morally wrong or even uniformly bad, but are treated rather as complex and interesting psychological states that if, indulged wisely, can be functional, adaptive, and lead to a range of positive effects.  
 
The Science of Sin takes on these so-called sins one by one and through psychological research shows that being bad can be oh-so-good for you.  Did you know that:
 
·         Being slow and lazy can help you win the race?
·         Anger makes you more open-minded?
·         Coveting what others have not only makes you more creative but bolsters self- esteem?
 
So go ahead, eat that last cookie and kick back on the couch for a day of TV with your neighbor’s boyfriend—from gluttony to greed, envy to lust, Laham shows how even the deadliest, most decadent of vices can make you smart, successful, and happy.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - JorgeCarvajal - LibraryThing

Easy to read, addictive, well-written, simple, fun, interesting, amazing. There's a lot we can learn about the most demonized parts of natural human behavior. Not only they are not bad or even evil ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - sworsnup - LibraryThing

It’s very interesting to consider the “deadly” sins to be…not so deadly. This book looks at the 7 Deadly Sins from a psychological point of view instead of a religious one without all that guilt! Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Introduction
7
Eat Drink and Be Merry Smart
39
Buying Happiness Hard Work
63
Slow Lazy and Asleep Wins the Race
87
The Positive Negative Emotion
115
Envy How Wanting What Others
139
Pride That Which Cometh Before Quite
159
Just When You Thought There
185
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2012)

SIMON M. LAHAM, PhD, is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the psychology of morality.  He received his PhD at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is currently a lecturer in psychological science at the University of Melbourne.

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