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The Resource On ambivalence : the problems and pleasures of having it both ways, Kenneth Weisbrode, (electronic book)

On ambivalence : the problems and pleasures of having it both ways, Kenneth Weisbrode, (electronic book)

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On ambivalence : the problems and pleasures of having it both ways
Title
On ambivalence
Title remainder
the problems and pleasures of having it both ways
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth Weisbrode
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A concise guide to ambivalence, from Adam and Eve (to eat the apple or not?) to Hamlet (to be or not?) to globalization (e pluribus unum or not?).Why is it so hard to make up our minds? Adam and Eve set the template: Do we or don't we eat the apple? They chose, half-heartedly, and nothing was ever the same again. With this book, Kenneth Weisbrode offers a crisp, literate, and provocative introduction to the age-old struggle with ambivalence. Ambivalence results from a basic desire to have it both ways. This is only natural--although insisting upon it against all reason often results not in "both" but in the disappointing "neither." Ambivalence has insinuated itself into our culture as a kind of obligatory reflex, or default position, before practically every choice we make. It affects not only individuals; organizations, societies, and cultures can also be ambivalent. How often have we asked the scornful question, "Are we the Hamlet of nations"? How often have we demanded that our leaders appear decisive, judicious, and stalwart? And how eager have we been to censure them when they hesitate or waver?Weisbrode traces the concept of ambivalence, from the Garden of Eden to Freud and beyond. The Obama era, he says, may be America's own era of ambivalence: neither red nor blue but a multicolored kaleidoscope. Ambivalence, he argues, need not be destructive. We must learn to distinguish it from its symptoms--selfishness, ambiguity, and indecision--and accept that frustration, guilt, and paralysis felt by individuals need not lead automatically to a collective pathology. Drawing upon examples from philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences, On Ambivalence is a pocket-sized portrait of a complex human condition. It should be read by anyone who has ever grappled with making the right choice
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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Weisbrode, Kenneth
Dewey number
128/.4
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF575.A45
LC item number
W455 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ambivalence
  • Decision making
  • Choice (Psychology)
Label
On ambivalence : the problems and pleasures of having it both ways, Kenneth Weisbrode, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10534383
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
75 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780262301824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
On ambivalence : the problems and pleasures of having it both ways, Kenneth Weisbrode, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10534383
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
75 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780262301824
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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