Human Relation
by Hyok Y. Lee

"Because everything comes down to character eventually in life . . ."

Lee, who is a physician specializing in allergy and immunology, has written an interesting philosophical and psychological book, the primary assertion of which is that all human beings generally fall into either high- or low-grade character wealth. This type of wealth is completely separate from material wealth, job title, or other societal status. In a nutshell, one’s grade of character wealth determines to a very high degree one’s ultimate happiness, likeability, meaningfulness (achieved in life, both in one’s career as well as one’s interpersonal relationships), and other key areas. Although analysis of the characteristics of that which makes for individual high-graders and low-graders is the hallmark aim of Lee’s work, in the process, the author also delves into such related matters as mathematics, economics, medicine, aesthetics, and sports (the author is an avid tennis player). Ultimately, as Lee writes, “High-grades are better respected and more likeable due to high character; simply hanging around high-grades enriches one’s life and makes one’s life meaningful.” High-grade individuals, Lee argues, innately know how to enjoy and make the most of life, no matter the circumstances.

Though at times the author’s analysis and intellectual curiosity seem to aim at almost everything under the sun, Lee’s knowledge of human experience and the psychology of relationships keep the reader tuned in to what, at its core essence, is a treatise on a wide and impressive swath of the factors at play when one examines in detail the areas of human relations. Although the book is large in scope, the author’s rich and varied use of anecdotal stories and everyday life-based examples keeps the text well grounded. Any student of human psychology or its many related disciplines will discover much of interest in this well-executed and thoughtful examination of personality types associated with low-grade and high-grade character wealth.

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