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Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed

Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed

This thrilling and ambitious book explores the mysterious power of the self and reveals the danger of our modern obsession with it.

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ISBN 9781447283645
Barcode 9781447283645
Published 27 June 2017 by Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback, Main Market Ed.
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Author(s) By Storr, Will
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ISBN-13 9781447283645
ISBN-10 1447283643
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 27 June 2017
International Publication Date 15 June 2017
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main Market Ed.
Edition Main Market Ed.
Author(s) By Storr, Will
Category Cultural Studies
The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality
Popular Science
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 35mm
Weight 683g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Self, Self - History, Self-perception
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 155.2
Catalogue Code 763167

Description of this Book

We live in an age of perfectionism. Every day, we're bombarded with the beautiful, successful, slim, socially-conscious and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self. We see this person constantly in shop windows, in newspapers, on the television, at the movies and all over our social media. We berate ourselves when we don't match up to them - when we're too fat, too old, too poor or too sad. This cycle can be extremely bad for us. In recent years, psychologists have even begun to think that many people take their own lives because of the impossible standards that are set for who they ought to be. Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us. Who, actually, is this person? Why does it hold such power over us? Could it be humanity's deadliest idea? And, if so, is there any way we can break its spell? To find out, Storr takes us on a journey from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, the encounter groups of 1960s California and self-esteem evangelists of the late twentieth century to modern-day America, where research suggests today's young people are in the grip of an epidemic of narcissism. He'll tell the strange story of the individualist Western self from its birth on the Aegean to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we find ourselves today. Selfie reveals, for the first time, the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately ...because it's us.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I've come to consider Will Storr the best writer out there in terms of writing about human experience and the concepts and complexities of psychology. I've never seen such a well thought through and well argued piece of work as Selfie, really taking ideas around self esteem back to their philosophical and historical origins - and pulling them all to pieces. I loved it. -- Professor Sophie Scott, Deputy Director, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London Will Storr has a gift. He's written an interesting and absorbing book without sacrificing scientific rigour. I'll be recommending it widely. -- Professor Constantine Sedikides, Director of the Centre for Research on Self Identity, University of Southampton Will Storr is a versatile, imaginative, committed long-form journalist with a populist touch ... a talented, ambitious writer. Independent Storr can open chapters like a stage conjurer, and his prose has an easy, laconic style embracing Jon Ronson's taste for the fabulously weird and Louis Theroux's ability to put his subjects at ease. He is a funny and companionable guide Guardian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Will Storr is a longform journalist and novelist. His features have appeared in various publications, including the Guardian, The Times, Observer, GQ, Marie Claire and the Sydney Morning Herald. He is a contributing editor at Esquire magazine. He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year, and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. In 2010, his investigation into the kangaroo meat industry won the Australian Food Media award for Best Investigative Journalism and in 2012 he was presented with the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work for the Observer on sexual violence against men. In 2013, his BBC radio series 'An Unspeakable Act' won the AIB award for best investigative documentary.

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