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`Electrifying' Financial Times
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We live in the age of the individual. We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success.
But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy. Unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide. Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell?
To answer these questions, Selfie by Will Storr takes us from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, to the self-esteem evangelists of 1980s California, the rise of narcissism and the selfie generation, and right up to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we live now.
It tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately - our self.
As featured on Russell Brand's Under The Skin podcast.
Selfie Hardback edition by Will Storr
- Will Storr
- Pan Macmillan , Picador
- Publication date
- Jun 15, 2017
- Product dimensions
- 161 x 236 x 36mm
Section - i: A note on the text
Chapter - Book Zero: The Dying Self
Chapter - Book One: The Tribal Self
Chapter - Book Two: The Perfectible Self
Chapter - Book Three: The Bad Self
Chapter - Book Four: The Good Self
Chapter - Book Five: The Special Self
Chapter - Book 6: The Digital Self
Chapter - Book Seven: How To Stay Alive in the Age of Perfectionism
Acknowledgements - ii: Acknowledgements
Section - iii: A note on my methods
Section - iv: Notes and references
Index - v: Index