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The Status Game ~ On Social Position and How We Use It

Thursday, August 25, 2022
11:00am to 12:00pm

Live Webinar


Pacific Time

Join award-winning author, Will Storr for a fascinating conversation on the role of status in shaping nearly every aspect of our lives and culture. The Status Game could change the way you think about everything.

"Will Storr is one of our best journalists of ideas
... The Status Game might be his best yet."
James Marriott, Books of the Year, The Times

What drives our political and moral beliefs? What makes us like some things and dislike others? What shapes how we behave, and misbehave, in groups? What makes you, you?

For centuries, philosophers and scholars have described human behaviour in terms of sex, power and money. In The Status Game, bestselling author Will Storr radically turns this thinking on its head by arguing that it is our irrepressible craving for status that ultimately defines who we are.

From the era of the hunter-gatherer to today, when we exist as workers in the globalised economy and citizens of online worlds, the need for status has always been wired into us. A wealth of research shows that how much of it we possess dramatically affects not only our happiness and wellbeing but also our physical health – and without sufficient status, we become more ill, and live shorter lives. It’s an unconscious obsession that drives the best and worst of us: our innovation, arts and civilisation as well as our murders, wars and genocides. But why is status such an all-consuming prize? What happens if it’s taken away from us? And how can our unquenchable thirst for it explain cults, moral panics, conspiracy theories, the rise of social media and the ‘culture wars’ of today?

On a breathtaking journey through time and culture, The Status Game offers a sweeping rethink of human psychology that will change how you see others – and how you see yourself.

Will Storr is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and public speaker. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Sunday Times, New Yorker and The New York Times. He is the author of five critically acclaimed books, including Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed and the Sunday Times bestseller, The Science of Storytelling.