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Satisfaction

The Science of Finding True Fulfillment

Gregory Berns

Henry Holt and Co.

“A discussion that is meaty, contemporary and expansive . . . Berns artfully blends social critique with technical expertise.”—The Washington Post Book World
In a riveting narrative look at the brain and the power of novelty to satisfy it, Dr. Gregory Berns plumbs fields as diverse as neuroscience, economics, and evolutionary psychology to find answers to the fundamental question of how we can find a more satisfying way to think and live.
We join Berns as he follows ultramarathoners across the Sierra Nevadas, enters a suburban S&M club to explore the deeper connection between pleasure and pain, partakes of a truly transporting meal, and ultimately returns home to face the challenge of incorporating novelty into a long-term relationship.
In a narrative as compelling as its insights are trenchant, Satisfaction will convince you that the more complicated and even downright challenging a life you pursue, the more likely it is that you will be satisfied.

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There is no reason to think that the pleasures of sex would be completely spared the fate of the hedonic treadmill. Familiarity leads to boredom, and with it the incessant reduction of all pleasures that can threaten the sexual glue binding many couples together. While novelty is a sure-fire way of creating great experiences, the belief that matrimonial harmony depends on stability, fidelity, and constancy stands in direct opposition to this. As in everything related to satisfaction, and perhaps also relationships, the tension between what is predictable and safe versus what is novel and dangerous,

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“Berns has given us a fascinating and thought-provoking look at what science knows about finding fulfillment.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Nothing escapes the author’s investigative eye . . . Berns’s gumshoe approach to scientific theory offers its own proof that a fresh take on the familiar can be most gratifying.”—Fortune

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Gregory Berns

  • Gregory Berns, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of
    psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University. Profiled twice in the
    Science section of The New York Times, Berns and his research have been featured in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, Nature, Money, New Scientist, Psychology Today, and on CNN, NPR, ABC, and the BBC. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The Science of Finding True Fulfillment

Gregory Berns

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