The School of Life: An Emotional Education

“We learn all sorts of things at school – the dates of battles, the names of countries, the sum of the angles in a triangle – but there’s a lot we’re never taught. Though school is meant to prepare us for life, it fails to answer some of its most fundamental questions, particularly those that relate to our emotions: who we should love; what career we should choose; and how we can find both purpose and meaning.”

This book has been written by Alain de Botton. The publishers say:

“We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we’re never taught is how to live a fulfilled life [editor’s note: see Bad Education]. That’s why we need The School of Life – a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. The School of Life has one simple aim: to equip people with the tools to survive and thrive in the modern world. And the most important of these tools is emotional intelligence.

This book brings together ten years of essential and transformative research on emotional intelligence, with practical topics including:

  • how to understand yourself
  • how to master the dilemmas of relationships
  • how to become more effective at work
  • how to endure failure
  • how to grow more serene and resilient

The School of Life is nothing short of a crash course in emotional maturity. With all the trademark wit and elegance of Alain de Botton’s other writings, and rooted in practical, achievable advice, it show us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve. …”

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