Status Anxiety, by Alain de Botton

status anxietyFor some reason, the first several times I read the title of Alain de Botton’s Status Anxiety, I did so with a decidedly American/Hollywood inflection, like the title of a horror or sci-fi film, to indicate a state of heightened anxiousness or frenzy.  But this was not de Botton’s intention.  “Status anxiety” represents a state of anxiousness about status.  That is, how we feel about how we fit in in society, how we are perceived, where we fall on the haves vs. have nots continuum, and whether we are a “success.” Continue reading