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The Unhappiness of Tony Soprano: An Ancient Analysis. By Ricardo Faraj. “Tony on Happiness”. Tony Soprano is a man who has both aim and reach. Tony is not happy, despite “having it all”, Tony feels like such a loser.

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tony on happiness
“Tony on Happiness”
  • Tony Soprano is a man who has both aim and reach.
  • Tony is not happy, despite “having it all”, Tony feels like such a loser.
  • He approaches happiness in three different ways: that of the “whiners”, the “happy wanderers”, and the “Gary Cooper”.
the rest of us
“The Rest of Us”
  • Aristotle summarized that it was a matter of ancient “common sense” the suggestion that happiness is a matter of achieving a list of things.
  • The Stoics said that in response to a list, “not even” an abundance of goods makes a difference to our hapiness”.
  • To ancient greeks, happiness has two components:
  • Happiness is a matter of what we do and how we do it.
  • To live a happy life requires an effort to understand what really makes life good.
happiness requires integrated motivations
“Happiness Requires Integrated Motivations”
  • We must start by reflecting upon what it is we are reallyafter when it comes to our pursuits.
  • If we do come to realize what motivates, the ancient imperative is to continue to pursue only those things whose motivation is one that can integrate all of our pursuits.
  • Tony actually tries to justify his mob acitvity because it allows him to support his family.
objections to the integrated motivations view
“Objections to the Integrated Motivations View”
  • The Ancients think they can recommend a happy life as if it and an ethical life are one and the same.
  • But, really, whatever the psychological benefits of working from a consistent set of motivations, they amount to neither happiness nor morality.
gary cooper
“Gary Cooper”
  • Tony has to reset his aims.
  • He is not pursuing the things that will satisfy him and instead acting under a sort of compulsion.
  • He cannot control his desires, Dr Melfi suggests to Tony that behavior therapy might help Tony to manage his “anger triggers”.