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The culture of narcissism: American life in an age of diminishing expectations epub

by Christopher Lasch


The culture of narcissism: American life in an age of diminishing expectations epub

ISBN: 0446974951

ISBN13: 978-0446974950

Author: Christopher Lasch

Category: Fitness and Dieting

Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling

Language: English

Publisher: Warner Books; Warner Books ed edition (1980)

Pages: 268 pages

ePUB book: 1323 kb

FB2 book: 1908 kb

Rating: 4.1

Votes: 320

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The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations is a 1979 book by the cultural historian Christopher Lasch, in which the author explores the roots and ramifications of the normalizing of pathological narcissism in 20th-.

The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations is a 1979 book by the cultural historian Christopher Lasch, in which the author explores the roots and ramifications of the normalizing of pathological narcissism in 20th-century American culture using psychological, cultural, artistic and historical synthesis.

The Culture of Narcissism book. Lasch’s identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was groundbreaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a biblical prophet (Time).

The culture of narcissism. Includes bibliographical references and index.

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When The Culture of Narcissism was first published in 1979, Christopher Lasch was hailed as a "biblical prophet" (Time). Lasch's identification of narcissism as not only an individual ailment but also a burgeoning social epidemic was ground-breaking. His diagnosis of American culture is even more relevant today, predicting the limitless expansion of the anxious and grasping narcissistic self into every part of American life. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30. Quantity:1. has been added to your Cart.

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When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified . The book quickly became a bestseller.

When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century.

When The Culture of Narcissism was first published, it was clear that Christopher Lasch had identified something important: what was happening to American society in the wake of the decline of the family over the last century.

The book quickly became a bestseller. This edition includes a new afterword, "The Culture of Narcissism Revisited."
Dated treatise by the late Christopher Lasch has more relevance than ever now that political leaders as well as celebrities are more concerned about individual self-indulgence at the cost of developing political skill, talent, and concern for the general well-being. May be a bit too dense and scholarly for the average reader, but lays an important groundwork for discussion. Now that we are in the digital age, there is a greater intensity of this psycho/social dynamic we call narcissism.. I would suggest reading Dr. Jean Twenge's recent book "the Narcissism Epidemic" as a follow-up to Lasch.
Changed the way I️ see the world and myself. Written presciently decades ago, and just as pertinent today. A must read. I️ will read again.
A deep exploration of cultural changes in the US arising from the rise of consumerism.
Copyright 1979. An analysis of what turned of to be the etiology of Trump-ism. From the book: "Disenchantment with government bureaucracies has begun to extend to corporate bureaucracies as well. … The “flight from politics” as it appears to the managerial and political elite , may signify the citizen’s growing unwillingness to take part in the political system as a consumer of prefabricated spectacles. It may signify, in other words, not a retreat from politics at all but the beginnings of a general political revolt" The book won the National Book Award for Current Interest.
On my top shelf of favorite, insightful non-fiction, as relevant today with a broad-stroke as then. I think if he re-wrote it now, there would possibly be more emphasis on the economic turmoil since @2008... But, I would not want to have dinner with Dr. Lasch and Chris Hedges... well, maybe with 4 glasses of wine.
Before criticizing any other person, I encourage every American to read this book and reflect on themselves. This is an absolutely fantastic book and feels like it could have been written today, even though it was written in 1979.
The title of this review is the theme music of our times. Even though it was written more than 20 some odd years ago it's content still rings just as true today as it did in its first year. As a student of psychoanalytic social-work I find the "Culture of Narcissism" to be one of the most relevent works of our age. It clarifies the nature of so much of what is a part of our social and psychological dysfuction.
I found this book very throught-provoking, in the boldness and bleakness of its basic thesis (that narcissism is really about fear [and is not simply about vanity]; and that America is a culture that suffers from [and promotes] fear [of nothingness, of "no exit"]). Due to this narcissistic fear, Lasch believes that Americans lack a purpose, an "end-point," and that this anomie, coupled with gross cultural overloads (the failure of the family, the intrusion of the state into the family, the substitution of state paternalism for individual self-initiative, the erosion of authority, the "therapeutic culture," and so forth) gives rise to "the spectacle" designed to distract America from the fear of being nothing and its inner rage (whew! that was a sentence!).

It takes some effort to grasp Lasch's thesis, and I found some of the commentary dated (as one might expect from a book published in 1979), but the writing is very polished and thoughtfully provocative.

All of the "problems" I encountered with the book were those of trying to understand, think through, "test" and consider Lasch's ideas--which, to me, are all marks a good book. I can find fault with specifics in Lasch's ideas, but overall, this was a persuasive, interesting, and compelling union of cultural and individual analysis, centered on the psychoanalytic concept of narcissism and America's unique history. Specific topics included: (a) "making it" in America; (b) pseudo self-awareness and the spectacle of politics and celebrity; (c) the degradation of sport; (d) the commoditization of education and its focus on "life adjustment;" (e) socialization of reproduction and the collapse of authority; (f) the flight from ("true") feeling embodied in a culture of promiscuity and sexual warfare (perhaps his least balanced chapter); (g) the "planned obsolescence" of older persons; and (h) the link between our bureaucratic culture and narcissistic dependence on it.

The overall tone of the book reminded me of Joan Didion's novels and Yates' poem Slouching Toward Bethlehem--fear and anxiety about nothing within, nothing without, simply our neediness. Lasch's book also reminded me of another psychoanalytically informed cultural critique from the 1950s, Norman Brown's Love's Body.