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What about Me?: the struggle for identity in a market-based society par [Verhaeghe, Paul]
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Paul Verhaeghe brilliantly captures the long-term impact that living in a profit-obsessed society has had on our psychology. An excellent book. --Hanif Kureishi

A remarkable book… What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society is one of those books that, by making connections between apparently distinct phenomena, permits sudden new insights into what is happening to us and why. --George Monbiot, The Guardian

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According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today’s pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses — even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives.

In What about Me?, Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to this psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of 30 years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live.

From his clinical experience as a psychotherapist, Verhaeghe shows the profound impact that social change is having on mental health, even affecting the nature of the disorders from which we suffer. But his book ends on a note of cautious optimism. Can we once again become masters of our fate?

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 273 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1922070904
  • Editeur : Scribe (31 mars 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Capitalism and identity-formation 19 novembre 2014
Par Arjun - Publié sur
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Short read by a Belgian psychoanalyst, working in the Lacanian framework, on the relationship between identity and neo-liberal market society. Speaking from his perspective as a psychologist, the author investigates the formation of identity through the use of the Lacanian notion of the 'mirror'; i.e. we become what we perceive others thinking we should be. Thus, the formation of identity is inextricably bound with ethical notions. Contrasting the ideal situation in which identity is formed with market society, the author finds that the values and ethics behind the global push of market society (which hide under a supposed economic rationality) mean that a different process of identity formation is taking place, and had taken place over the last 30 years. The rest of the book is an investigation into what exactly these hidden values are, and how the formation of individual identity is accordingly affected by this new change in the game, concluding with his assessment and recommendation of what needs to be done.
The author, like Freud (an identification he makes clear in his introduction), does not shy away from a clear ethical standpoint ; he regards the neo-liberal orthodoxy as an ideology which has harmful consequences on the identity of the individual. His material is well-argued, and his obvious compassion is highly attractive, but the book is a little uneven in places. Also, he does not go into a great deal of depth with regards to his theorizing of psychological malfunction. It would have been great to witness a more direct linkage between Freudian/Lacanian notions of ideology, unconscious fantasy etc to the problem of identity-construction, but this is more of a personal peeve. As it stands, the book reads like a critique of capitalist society written from a psychologically-informed observer, which is probably how it was intended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought provoking and balanced view 28 septembre 2014
Par Rupert Lewis - Publié sur
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I have for a long-time felt at odds with my environment but not known why or what to do. This book doesn't answer all the questions and is certainly not proclaiming to do so but, it is an excellent acknowledgement of our current environment and the effects that it has on us. Whilst not taking a holier-than-thou approach it outlines faults in both extremes and how we ourselves may move to right some of these issues. I enjoyed the balanced arguments and the use of good supporting acknowledgements although, I have always found Michel Foucault hard going ... I might give him another try now. I am left feeling comforted in the knowledge that I am not alone and anxious about how I am going to continue my path onwards.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly original 2 octobre 2014
Par Medgeniva - Publié sur
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This book is just what the doctor ordered. I'd been waiting for a publication like that. But I'd also been apprehensive before I started reading it: what if it was full of banalities and commonplaces? What if the author was going to offer implausible solutions? Etc. However I was positively surprised by the scientific underpinnings of this work, by clear logical explanations and by how its content resonated with my feelings about what's happening now to an individual in society. At times it seemed to me a bit moralizing though, therefore four stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I've read this year!!!!!! 12 octobre 2015
Par lucky_me - Publié sur
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One of the best books I've read this year!!!!!! Great lecture by Dr. Verhaeghe on topics such as post-modern society, meritocracy, morality and values, neo-liberalism, for-profit education and health system, and psychodiagnostics! Dr. Verhaeghe makes a compelling argument by stressing his thesis on the development of identity through relational societal values. I recommend this reading to anyone who is looking to for revolutionary ideals against the Neo-Liberal Reich of our times!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 explained in a highly understandable way which gave me back my faith in this kind of literature - I've tried to read other books 13 octobre 2014
Par Diana Loos - Publié sur
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This book told me everything I wanted to know about the role of free market economy in today's society, explained in a highly understandable way which gave me back my faith in this kind of literature - I've tried to read other books on economic subjects and had to give up with the feeling that I'm too stupid to understand them. The title "What about me?" says it all and seems to speak to me personally. I find myself frequently reaching for the book to quote bits out of it when discussing this theme with family and friends, for Verhaeghe puts things so clearly that I want to share them with everybody. Highly recommended!
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