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The Status Game

Will Storr In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen

58 mins watch time

Posted September 2021

Culture, Psychology

For centuries, philosophers and scholars have described human behaviour in terms of sex, power and money. The bestselling author of The Science of Storytelling, 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. 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?