Laziness Does Not Exist

Laziness Does Not Exist

From social psychologist Dr. Devon Price, a fascinating and thorough examination of what they call the “laziness lie”—which falsely tells us we are not working or learning hard enough—filled with practical and accessible advice for overcoming society’s pressure to “do more.”

Extra-curricular activities. Honors classes. 60-hour work weeks. Side hustles.

Like many Americans, Dr. Devon Price believed that productivity was the best way to measure self-worth. Price was an overachiever from the start, graduating from both college and graduate school early, but that success came at a cost. After Price was diagnosed with a severe case of anemia and heart complications from overexertion, they were forced to examine the darker side of all this productivity.

Laziness Does Not Exist explores the psychological underpinnings of the “laziness lie,” including its origins from the Puritans and how it has continued to proliferate as digital work tools have blurred the boundaries between work and life. Using in-depth research, Price explains that people today do far more work than nearly any other humans in history yet most of us often still feel we are not doing enough.

Dr. Price offers science-based reassurances that productivity does not determine a person’s worth and suggests that the solution to problems of overwork and stress lie in resisting the pressure to do more and instead learn to embrace doing enough. Featuring interviews with researchers, consultants, and experiences from real people drowning in too much work, Laziness Does Not Exist encourages us to let go of guilt and become more attuned to our own limitations and needs and resist the pressure to meet outdated societal expectations.

Title:Laziness Does Not Exist
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  • Sheena

    Laziness Does Not Exist was requested and read by me just from the title alone. Devon Price exceeded my expectations and was the justification I needed when feeling lazy about myself. A lot of my pers...

  • Ayelet Reiter

    I expected this to be mostly capitalist criticism (which I am super into), as it turns out it was that but mostly self-help. Still, it definitely deviates from most self-help books just by virtue of b...

  • Abriana

    I just lost my job, and it was a huge comfort to me to read a book that reminded me that my value as a person is not rooted in how productive I am, that it's okay if my capabilities to work hard and l...

  • jenny?

    I initially read and reviewed this for NetGalley as an advance review copy back in December/January. Yesterday I got my hands on the audiobook and listened to this again, just in time to help me come ...

  • Jessica

    I'm not generally much into self help but this came to me exactly when I needed this message. Bonus points for its queer-positivity.Sometimes the best thing good people can do is hunker down, care for...

  • Matthew Noe

    "If your life has value no matter how productive you are, so does every other human life."You aren't your productivity. Work isn't inherently good and neither is "doing."...

  • Rebekah

    It’s important to note that I read most of this book in between dismantling and cleaning our washer on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 🙄I was raised with a strong Protestant work ethic and two perfectio...

  • Joseph

    The thesis of this book, which appears on the third to last page, is that individuals who seem “lazy,” face unseen barriers and challenges that are unbeknown to others. This is not a book for thos...

  • Samantha

    Did Dr. Price read my diary?? Because they have written exactly the book I needed. Some thoughts... ...on caffeine and Parks and Rec: This TOTALLY called me out for my love of coffee and Leslie Knope,...

  • Kalyn

    I cannot tell you how much I needed to read this book! I kept seeing myself in all of the author's descriptions of how people end up berating themselves for being "lazy" when actually the problem is t...