You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery
Simon and Schuster, 5 feb 2002 - 320 pagine
Okay, who was the first flatterer? If you guessed Satan, you'd be close, but according to You're Too Kind, flattery began with chimpanzees, who groom each other all day long. In fact, flattery is an adaptive behavior that has helped us survive since prehistoric times.
Our flattery is strategic praise, and to illustrate its myriad forms, Richard Stengel takes us on a witty, idiosyncratic tour, from chimps to the God of the Old Testament to the troubadour poets of the Middle Ages, all the way through Dale Carnegie and Monica Lewinsky's adoring love letters to her "Big Creep."
Flattery thrives in hierarchical settings like royal courts or Fortune 500 boardrooms, and it flows both upward and downward. Downward is usually easier, but studies show it works best on those who already have high opinions of themselves.
Stengel sees public flattery as an epidemic in our society, and private praise as being all too scarce. Most often, though, flattery these days is just a harmless deception, a victimless crime that often ends up making both the giver and the receiver feel a little better. In short, flattery works.
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YOU'RE TOO KIND: A Brief History of FlatteryRecensione dell'utente - Kirkus
A comprehensive, humorous, and insightful history of man's sycophantic behavior.Time editor Stengel (January Sun, 1990) directs his account to the "perfect, gentle reader" (i.e., you and me) and ... Leggi recensione completa
LibraryThing ReviewRecensione dell'utente - edella - LibraryThing
Apparantly, flattery is in our genes. Richard Stengel takes us on a tour of flattery through the ages, from chimps to the God of the Old Testament, to the middle Ages, and on to Monica Lewinsky's love letters to the "Big Creep". According to Richard Stegel flattery is a form of survival. Leggi recensione completa
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The Capitals of Modern Flattery
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