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The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (And Why They Are so Good for You)


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Pride, lust, gluttony, greed, envy, sloth, and anger.

They're considered “deadly” because of their capacity to generate other evils. The truth is, we all sin and we do it all the time—in fact, usually several times over before breakfast! But human behavior, argues social psychologist Simon Laham, is more complex than “good” or “evil.” In psychology, these sins aren't considered morally wrong or even uniformly bad, but are treated rather as complex and interesting psychological states that if, indulged wisely, can be functional, adaptive, and lead to a range of positive effects.

The Science of Sin takes on these so-called sins one by one and through psychological research shows that being bad can be oh-so-good for you. Did you know that:

Being slow and lazy can help you win the race?

Anger makes you more open-minded?

Coveting what others have not only makes you more creative but bolsters self- esteem?

So go ahead, eat that last cookie and kick back on the couch for a day of TV with your neighbor's boyfriend—from gluttony to greed, envy to lust, Laham shows how even the deadliest, most decadent of vices can make you smart, successful, and happy.

About the Author

SIMON M. LAHAM, PhD, is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the psychology of morality. He received his PhD at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and is currently a lecturer in psychological science at the University of Melbourne.

Table of Contents

Lust: bras, benevolence, and better grades — Gluttony: eat, drink, and be merry, smart, and helpful — Greed: buying happiness, hard work, and self-reliance — Sloth: slow, lazy, and asleep wins the race — Anger: the positive negative emotion — Envy: how wanting what others have makes you happier, smarter, and more creative — Pride: that which cometh before quite a lot of good stuff.

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The Psychology of the Seven Deadlies (And Why They Are so Good for You)
Random House Incorporated
Laham, Simon M.
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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » Mood Disorders and Depression
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Religion » Christianity » Theology » Anthropology

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