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The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century [Format Kindle]

Carlo Strenger

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In The Fear of Insignificance Carlo Strenger diagnoses the wide-spread fear of the global educated class of leading insignificant lives. Making use of cutting-edge psychological, philosophical, sociological, and economic theory, he shows how these fears are generated by infotainment's craze for rating human beings. The book is a unique blend of an interpretation of the historical present and a poignant description of contemporary individual experience, anxiety, and hopes, in which Strenger makes use of his decades of clinical experience in existential psychotherapy. Without falling into the trap of simplistic self-help advice, Strenger shows how a process he calls active self-acceptance, together with serious intellectual investment in our worldviews, can provide us with stable identity and meaning.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 528 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 230 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0230113753
  • Editeur : Palgrave Macmillan; Édition : 1 (15 janvier 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 insightful 20 avril 2011
Par Alla S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
"The fear of insignificance" explores the popular mindset today--one that includes obsession with celebrity, status, and one's position in the world. Strenger analyzes the dangers of being dwarfed by the have-alls, and feeling insignificant and unhappy with one's own life as a result.

The book is divided into three parts: "The Defeat of Mind," "From the I Commodity to the Dreams of Individuality," and "Reclaiming Our Minds." The first part delves into the popular belief system advocated by the modern media, most notably the "just do it" campaigns where celebrities, while marketing a product, are held up as heroes while they preach that anything is possible if one just reaches for the stars. The problem with such a popular belief system, as Strenger analyzes it, is that it's very easy to believe but not as realistic in life. The second part of the book puts emphasis on refraining oneself from seeing their life in terms of satisfying others and how much money one makes, but instead working on getting a satisfaction with the life one has. Stenger reflects that everyone is born with some limitations, and the people who make it to the top are no exceptions: they either had connections, luck, or some other unpredictable factors that lead them to success. Instead of buying into the star and dream obsessed media culture, Strenger advises people to avoid seeing themselves as "commodities," shun away from comparing themselves to others, and venture throughout their own lives with an open heart and mind--something discussed more in the third part of the book, along with religion.

Overall, I thought Strenger's convincing argument was very relevant to today's "keeping up with the Jones's'" world. He recounts meetings with different people who had "respectable" jobs, families, and supposedly perfect lives---until they realized it wasn't what they wanted. Indeed, Strenger previously noted that merely having what used to be a respected job (medicine, law, engineering, etc.) was no longer enough when media continuously obsesses over the networth of singers, movie stars, and athletes. It is so easy to see oneself as very much in the bottom rung of this supposed pyramid. But Strenger's book rightly disagrees with such pessimistic views, and instead focuses on the realistic--the ability to work with one's limitations and actively accept yourself. While much of the writing is very academic, it doesn't take away from its relevance. Somebody experiencing a mid-life crisis or otherwise unhappy with life might benefit from Strenger's reality check.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stretches You to Think 16 septembre 2012
Par kebblue - Publié sur Amazon.com
What is a good life in this new world where success is defined by the global information and entertainment systems? Carlo Strenger's answer to this question is the basis of The Fear of Insignificance. This is not a light or easy read, but I found it so compelling that I finished it in two days. Strenger argues that many of us who have chosen good professions feel diminished when we compare ourselves to the global elite who seem to have it all. And, that current self-help / law of attraction belief systems are unhelpful as they do not allow for the graceful acceptance of human limitations. Overall Strenger makes a case that to live a valuable life we must accept the tensions of life and seek a thoughtful, educated approach to our lives.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant and valuable book 16 janvier 2013
Par Chad Gracia - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just finished "The fear of insignificance" and I highly recommend it. it does a fantastic job of diagnosing the particular malaise of living in the 21st century. It also does a wonderful job of laying out some possible, if idealistic, solutions to the challenges we all face. But most of all I love how he elaborates and extends the great traditions of the ancients, philosophers such as Kierkegaard and Nietszche, early moderns like Freud and his crew, and even my hero Ernest Becker, into the actual world – with its interconnected iPads, globetrotting, celebrity, infotainment, Klout, and collapse of all traditional meaning systems. There are many powerful passages and much to chew on (the notion of "Homo globalis" and the critique of Nike's 20-year ad campaign are priceless), and despite some small structural defects, it is a slim masterpiece.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Start 3 février 2014
Par Francois Nolte - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
A good start and a very thought provoking discussion. I expected a little bit more after the vibrant start. The author could have further developed the difference between religion and spirituality.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent guide to the ennui of today 30 juillet 2013
Par Chris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Great book -- Mr. Strenger articulates the stresses of what seemingly shouldn't be so stressful, and a way out of the morass.
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