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This is the page I currently am working on. Topic: Authors: Gladwell, Twenge, and Gilbert The American Declaration of Independence proclaims that “all mean are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among there are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” What can we learn about the pursuit of happiness from reading the three essays? What are the shared assumptions of premises of the three author’s arguments? [Final draft should be 5-7 pages. (2/3) page limit/ paragraph. Add paragraph in how thesis relates to each author (my second paragraph). Essay not complete. I’d like to expand on intro, make conclusion, and split paragraphs up, make link btwn authors in 4 th and 5 th paragraph] 1
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The Pursuit of Illusion Michael Hardy Expository Writing 101 Ever since the Booming 20s, the pursuit of happiness has been cloned to be more and more familiar to the pursuit of wealth. Social psychologist Daniel Gilbert, in his essay Immune to Reality , explores the many different ways our psychological immune system (Gilbert’s term for our defense from hurtful emotion) has to defend ourselves. Coming from the same theme of happiness but from a more conscious level is Jean Twenge’s An Army of One: Me , in which she talks about the way kids are taught self-esteem. In his essay, The Power of Context , science writer Malcolm Gladwell talks about how we are affected by the context we are placed in. Gilbert, Twenge, and Gladwell all discuss how people are oblivious to their own behavior and therefore oblivious of the consequences of their actions. The constant pursuit of happiness is an illusion because the tactics that our psychological immune system uses to keep us emotionally content often sets us up to feel sadness in the end and to be wrongfully judged by other people. Gilbert, Twenge, and Gladwell have interesting connections within happiness and our psychological immune system. Gilbert argues that although we have ways in defending ourselves from painful feelings, we do not defend ourselves intentionally. It is a natural tactic we use to keep ourselves mentally sane. Gladwell argues that the context we are placed in has a notable effect in the outcome of our situation. For example, we are bound to be hurt sometime and at this
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2008 for the course EXPOS expos taught by Professor Hardy during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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