In many ways we have never been more 'free'. We are freer to follow our dreams, set goals and live the life we choose. Yet mental health issues are sky-rocketing. Anxiety and depression are rife and more people feel overwhelmed by daily living. We are more addictive, distracted and pressured. This is a world that increasingly seems to breed discontent. So, is all our so-called freedom nothing more than a trap of our own making? Are we, as the saying goes, simply decorating the cage that keeps us imprisoned? Does everything that flies under the banner of freedom actually promote it? What can we do to change the status quo?
The Freedom Trap is an inspiring call for clear thinking and a fresh appraisal of what our freedoms mean and can become. In this challenging, confronting and eye-opening look at what freedom actually is - examined from philosophical, psychological, political, social, legal, ethical, scientific, historical and neurological perspectives - mindfulness expert Associate Professor Craig Hassed explores how we can alleviate our burdens (our worries, regrets and material desires) and find a life of peace, happiness and harmony - true freedom.
Including practical thinking steps to help further your understanding of what freedom really means, this book is essential reading for anyone who has ever thought 'there has to be more to life than this'.
Dr Craig Hassed is an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness who has presented widely at national and international seminars and conferences and has published extensively in the areas of mind-body medicine and mindfulness. He has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a simple, natural and accessible technique for enhancing wellness, preventing and managing illness, and improving performance within health, educational and corporate settings. Craig is co-author of Exisles very successful Mindfulness for Life and Mindful Learning titles.
Prologue 1. The freedom trap 2. In praise of freedom 3. So free we seem 4. Contemporary freedom - where are we now? 5. The philosophy of freedom 6. Freedom under the law 7. Liberte, egalite and fraternite - the politics of freedom 8. The science of freedom 9. The psychology of freedom 10. The ethics of freedom 11. Child rearing and education 12. Freedom of speech and privacy Epilogue Endnotes Index