Analysis Of The Book ' Anthem By Ayn Rand Exclaims Essay

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In the book Anthem, Ayn Rand exclaims that “to be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. This and nothing else.” In my opinion, Rand is arguing that in order to be “free and happy” one must just rely on themselves and be completely free from other individuals. Although, Haidt would argue that interaction with other individuals create happiness. In Haidt’s book Happiness Hypothesis Haidt argues that one often hear that happiness comes from within, and that you can’t seek it in external things to find happiness. In the 1990s, psychologists agreed with the fact that external conditions don’t matter. But, now know that external conditions can affect ones happiness. The mind is divided in many different ways, but the division that really matters is the division of automatic vs. controlled processes. Haidt explains parts in the analogy of a rider on the back of an elephant. The rider was unable to control the elephant by force. This explains the many puzzles about our mental life. Learning how to train the elephant is the secret of self-improvement. The emotional reactions of the elephant gives us a guide to follow throughout our lives. If one can learn how to change the automatic reactions in their life, using meditation, cognitive therapy, and maybe even Prozac. Being able to control ones automatic reactions allow us to untimely control our feelings from within. Almost all species have a social life, but among mammals, only humans are ultra-social –…

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