Review of The Social Animal by David Brooks
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement is a book by American journalist David Brooks, otherwise known for his work with the New York Times. David Brooks is a Canadian-born American journalist, social commentator, and leading political analyst. He is a keen observer of American life and is an experienced commentator on the current political situation and foreign affairs. As a graduate, he regularly included reviews and humorous pieces in college publications.
I this book, Brooks argues that the subconscious mind largely determines who they are and how they act. He points out those deep inner feelings, “mental feelings that occur to us. Create an outward view that makes decisions such as career choices. Brooks describes the human brain as relying on what he calls “scouts” through a very complex neuronal network. In the end, Brooks portrays people as driven by feelings of loneliness and the need to be what he describes as “a desire to unite.”
He describes people who go through the “loneliness” of isolation, engagement, and isolation. He explains that people feel the need to continue to be understood by others should continue. Brooks makes three fictional characters, Harold and Erica, who follow from birth to natural death. Harold goes through life with a certain amount of mobility.
A pedestrian status as a brilliant reader, a writer with historical articles, and later as a person in a Washington, D.C. tank. Erica has a very focused and driven position that leads her to overcome the failure of her venture. Capital business to become CEO of a major cable company and eventually rise to the rank of (fictional) Deputy President Richard Grace’s Chief of Staff once. The book is indeed a moral and social tract.
But Brooks has set it up on the health issues of the two thinkers, Harold and Erica. Who are used to explain his theory in detail and provide access to countless clues to the psychology literature and the constant search for the human condition and society … This device should dull the senses in something that might be like a 10-year imitation of the Republican Science Times. But fairy-tale is not Brooks’ tradition, nor does it create compelling characters.