Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us

Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us

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We live in the age of the individual. Every day, we're bombarded with depictions of the beautiful, successful, slim, socially conscious, and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self, and we berate ourselves when we don't measure up. This model of the perfect self and the impossibly high standards it sets can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy, and unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide. Journalist and novelist Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us: Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell? To answer these questions, Storr takes the reader on a journey 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-individualism in which we live now. Selfie tells the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately--because it's us.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 403 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 32mm | 658g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1468315897
  • 9781468315899
  • 1,103,637

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Captivating, self-reflective research on our culture of rampant egocentricity.
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