American Mania: When More Is Not Enough

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American Mania: When More Is Not Enough

Peter C. Whybrow

Publisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyFormat: Paperback

Despite an astonishing appetite for life, more and more Americans are feeling overworked and dissatisfied. In the world's most affluent nation, epidemic rates of stress, anxiety, depression, obesity and time urgency are now accepted as part of everyday existence - they signal the American Dream gone awry. Peter C. Whybrow grounds the extraordinary achievements and excessive consumption of the American nation in an understanding of the biology of the brain's reward system - offering for the first time a comprehensive and physical explanation for the addictive mania of consumerism. “American Mania” presents a clear and novel vantage point from which to understand the most pressing social issues of our time, while offering an informed approach to refocusing our pursuit of happiness.

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