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Harvard Business Press Books, Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns--though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: wage stagnation, widening economic inequality, the depletion of the natural world, and more. To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange.

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By Umair Haque. Near the turn of the twentieth century, a high priest became a heretic. After a lifetime spent pioneering the nascent discipline of psychology, the eminent Harvard professor William James asked a dangerous question that began turning his field upside down. What if the average person—even if mentally healthy—were only living up to a small fraction of his or her potential?

Every discipline is founded on what American historian and philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn famously called a paradigm: a shared set of assumptions and frameworks.

Fast forward to the discipline of positive psychology. Here is how positive psychologists Shelly L. Its great revolution was to reconceive of a healthy mind not just as one that was less dysfunctional, but one capable, at its peak, of better, richer, wholer function.

Just as being free of mental pathologies yields a healthy mind, the negative paradigm contends, so being free of economic pathologies—like obstacles and barriers to commerce and trade—yields a healthy economy. And with good reason.

Think back, for example, to the dawn of the industrial age: the world was riddled with—and crippled by—economic pathology. Guilds protected local monopolies; mercantilist governments blocked flows of products and finance; owners of organizations bore unlimited liability for managerial mistakes; markets for products, people, and financing had little information about earnings and revenues to make informed decisions.

Hence, economics has been, like the negative psychology of the past, preoccupied with minimizing dysfunction, with removing barriers to commerce and trade.

At the same time, an ever more complex framework of legislation and regulation prevents commerce from going wrong. Business as we know it, live it, and do it is the expression of this economics of antipathology.

Once upon a time, it took a royal charter to incorporate; today, it takes a mouse click and a credit card. Hence, modern theories of management also rest on this negative paradigm, and the modern manager exists largely to prevent dysfunction, limit deviance, and correct error, just as classical psychologists focused on ridding the conscious and unconscious mind of neuroses and phobias. But perhaps, given the parlous state of global prosperity, merely ridding the economy of dysfunction might not be enough to power another century or more of wealth creation.

Maybe merely erasing industrial-age dysfunction yields not a healthy economy, just a stagnant one. Upload Sign In Join. Home Books Politics.

Create a List. Download to App. Length: 90 pages 1 hour. Description Betterness: Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm.

Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returnsthough we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: wage stagnation, widening economic inequality, the depletion of the natural world, and more.

To get out of this trap, we need to rethink the future of human exchange. In short, we need to get out of business and into betterness.

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Betterness : Economics for Humans. Umair Haque. Betterness: Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns—though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere.

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Below are the available bulk discount rates for each individual item when you purchase a certain amount. Publication Date: December 19, Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns--though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere. This has led to a diminishing of the common wealth: wage stagnation, widening economic inequality, the depletion of the natural world, and more.

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By Umair Haque. Near the turn of the twentieth century, a high priest became a heretic. After a lifetime spent pioneering the nascent discipline of psychology, the eminent Harvard professor William James asked a dangerous question that began turning his field upside down. What if the average person—even if mentally healthy—were only living up to a small fraction of his or her potential? Every discipline is founded on what American historian and philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn famously called a paradigm: a shared set of assumptions and frameworks. Fast forward to the discipline of positive psychology.

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Explore a preview version of Betterness: Economics for Humans right now. Skip to main content. Start your free trial. Betterness: Economics for Humans by Umair Haque. Book Description Betterness: Economics for Humans is a powerful call to arms for a post-capitalist economy. Umair Haque argues that just as positive psychology revolutionized our understanding of mental health by recasting the field as more than just treating mental illness, we need to rethink our economic paradigm. Because business as we know it has reached a state of diminishing returns—though we work harder and harder, we never seem to get anywhere.

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