Status Anxiety

Published on 5th April 2018 by

Status Anxiety is a two and a half hour long 2004 documentary written and presented by British author Alain de Botton, based on his bestselling 2004 nonfiction book of the same name. The book discusses the desire of people in most modern societies to climb the social ladder and the anxieties that result from focusing on how one is perceived by others.

He sets out the causes of status anxiety, these being: Lovelessness, Expectation, Meritocracy, Snobbery, and Dependence. He then sets out five solutions to these causes: Philosophy, Art, Politics, Religion, and Bohemianism. A version of the documentary was later shown on PBS channels in 2008. Also worth a watch from de Botton is the six part series Philosophy: A Guide To Happiness.


The documentary is based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name, published by Penguin and initially available in paperback and hardback but later digitized and made available in kindle and audiobook formats.

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