The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character and Achievement
New York Times columnist David Brooks’s new book, The Social Animal: A Story of Love, Character and Achievement, (Random House, 2011) seeks to enhance our understanding of the human unconscious and, what he terms, “the rich underwater world where character is formed and wisdom grows.” In constructing the lives of a hypothetical couple “Harold and Erica,” Brooks illustrates how the inner workings of the human mind influence everything from emotions, desires, personality traits, relationships and achievements to major life decisions, including marital partners and career paths.
On March 10, Brookings hosted a discussion with Brooks about the cognitive revolution of the last 30 years, and how the study of the brain has unlocked new insights into the human mind and human behavior. Brookings President Strobe Talbott provided introductory remarks and Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne lead a discussion with Brooks.
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[A quarter of all sex crimes in South Korea reported in 2015 involved spycams, which] is a really large increase when you compare it to in 2006, when about 3.6 percent of the total number of sex crimes reported involved spycams...[A spy cam scheme may be a] more passive rather than aggressive way [for South Korean men] to act out their masculine insecurities and their social economic discontent on women. There are a lot of men in Korea, especially in the younger generations, who blame women for some of the problems that they face. There’s a sense of rejection by women and also being bested by women in schools and in jobs. In some ways, [this] is an easy way for your average guy to feel like there’s some kind of payback.