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Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed

Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed (Hardback, Main Market Ed.)

By Storr, Will

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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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ISBN 9781447283645
Released AU 27 Jun 2017
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback, Main Market Ed.
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ISBN-13 9781447283645
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Released 27 Jun 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
Dewey Code 155.2
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