[quote=“Tomas”]Status anxiety is an interesting field of pyschological research, don’t you think?
I’ve just finished reading Alain de Botton’s book Status Anxiety. Yeah, yeah, I know. Dime-store philosophy for the IQ-challenged, but I can’t fault the guy for figuring out what sells and writing it.
Anyway, his basic thesis is as follows (from Wikipedia.com):
Chronic anxiety about status is an inevitable side effect of any democratic, ostensibly egalitarian society.
Anyone want to share experiences they’ve had with loss of status, or with gain in status, and how it affected you?
Sense of status seems to be an issue we touch upon quite a lot here on the boards, but often in an indirect way. So what do you think?[/quote]
I haven’t read the book, but I did go to the Wikipedia entry on it:
[quote]Status Anxiety discusses the desire of people in many modern societies to “climb the social ladder”
I find that living on the outside (foreigner in Taiwan) puts me in a rare position of living outside of a class system. I can choose to have friends at pretty much every level of society, which is something I could not manage in my home country. My status with Taiwanese is largely artificial and not based on any real understanding of who I am, so I don’t take it too seriously. My status with other foreigners is based more on who I am than what I do or what sort of family I come from, so I’m more sensitive to their perception of who I am than I am of the Taiwanese perception of who I am. I’m not at all anxious about it though. I work hard and try to be good to my family and friends.