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The Weirdest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous [9781846147968]

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Do you describe yourself by your profession or achievements, not your family relationships? Do you think of yourself as unique? If so, you may be WEIRD: raised in a society that is Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic.

Unlike most who have ever lived, WEIRD people are highly individualistic, self-involved, control-oriented, nonconformist and analytical. They focus on themselves - their attributes, accomplishments and aspirations - over their relationships and social roles. Joseph Henrich, who developed the influential concept of WEIRD, explores how they became so psychologically peculiar. Drawing on leading-edge research in anthropology, psychology, economics and evolutionary biology, he illuminates the historical evolution of family structures, marriage and religion, and how these institutions shaped the brains that built the world we know. Brilliant, provocative, engaging and surprising, The Weirdest People in the World will transform your understanding of human thinking and the origins of the West.


AUTHOR: Joseph Henrich is an award-winning anthropologist, and a professor and chair of the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Secret of our Success. He lives in Massachusetts.
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