The WEIRDest People in the World

How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous

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Publisher Description

A New York Times Notable Book of 2020
A Bloomberg Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020
A Behavioral Scientist Notable Book of 2020
A Human Behavior & Evolution Society Must-Read Popular Evolution Book of 2020

A bold, epic account of how the co-evolution of psychology and culture created the peculiar Western mind that has profoundly shaped the modern world.


Perhaps you are WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic. If so, you’re rather psychologically peculiar.

Unlike much of the world today, and most people who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-obsessed, control-oriented, nonconformist, and analytical. They focus on themselves—their attributes, accomplishments, and aspirations—over their relationships and social roles. How did WEIRD populations become so psychologically distinct? What role did these psychological differences play in the industrial revolution and the global expansion of Europe during the last few centuries?

In The WEIRDest People in the World, Joseph Henrich draws on cutting-edge research in anthropology, psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology to explore these questions and more. He illuminates the origins and evolution of family structures, marriage, and religion, and the profound impact these cultural transformations had on human psychology. Mapping these shifts through ancient history and late antiquity, Henrich reveals that the most fundamental institutions of kinship and marriage changed dramatically under pressure from the Roman Catholic Church. It was these changes that gave rise to the WEIRD psychology that would coevolve with impersonal markets, occupational specialization, and free competition—laying the foundation for the modern world.

Provocative and engaging in both its broad scope and its surprising details, The WEIRDest People in the World explores how culture, institutions, and psychology shape one another, and explains what this means for both our most personal sense of who we are as individuals and also the large-scale social, political, and economic forces that drive human history.

Includes black-and-white illustrations.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2020
September 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
704
Pages
PUBLISHER
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
23.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Fork Restaurantuering ,

The missing puzzle piece

I’ve read great books, but they lacked covering on what truly differentiated European Psyche from the rest of the world. It sure opened my perspective on how to think about the world on culture

Joerum62 ,

Interesting, yet too scholarly

Heinrich’s concept of how western societies became unique and advanced is interesting, yet the books is much too dense and scholarly for the lay reader. I only made it through Part One - over two hundred pages in - before giving up after too much in depth exposition and too many obscure details. A condensed version would likely have a more general appeal.

nicola_tesla_ ,

Terrific Book

This book really changed the way I viewed the world. Highly recommend.

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