Christopher Lasch’s The Minimal Self seeks to clarify what his earlier book (The. Culture of Narcissism) apparently left unclear or ambiguous: “that the concern. In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of our time, has become a. In “The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations” (), Christopher Lasch described a sea change in the.

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In part, the book questions, rather than endorses, the goal of “survival. All of us, men and women alike, suffer the predicament — infantile dependence — to which narcissism is a response, and all of us now grow up in a culture that makes coming to terms with that predicament more difficult than ever before. Hence its first mental experience is a sense of omnipotence. Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points seof plot this chart.

THE MINIMAL SELF: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch | Kirkus Reviews

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. But, outdated over-reliance on Freud’s ego, superego, id makes this a relic. Humanism and Antihumanism in Lasch and Sandel. From psychology to politics, from technology to sociology, he seemed to have assimilated everything that was known about modern society and he re-formulated that knowledge with astounding skill, grace and judgment. Nov 14, Giuseppe D’Antonio rated it it was amazing Shelves: Tom Hoffman – – Critical Review 13 In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of rhe time, has become a searc Faced with an escalating arms race, rising crime and terrorism, environmental deterioration, and long-term economic decline, lascj have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly christopber.


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The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times

Most likely it christophr a response to the social decline that became perceptible in the late ‘s and to the whole of what was mis-dubbed the “Me Decade. Science Logic and Mathematics. Critical Theory of the Contemporary Many parts of Lasch read like they were written yesterday not decades ago.

Oct 10, Dennis rated it liked it. For Lasch, then, modernization is not the solution but a new form of the problem — the problem, that is, of domination. Books added to shelves without my ok.

This is a pretense because it masks profound feelings of inadequacy: Adam rated it it was amazing Jan 20, In the history of civilization, the emergence of conscience can be linked among other things to changing attitudes toward the dead. His writings during selr period are considered contradictory.


These fantasies have one crucial thing in common: It is precisely the experience of mass death and the possibility of annihilation, among other developments, that have discredited the ethic of sacrifice and encouraged the growth of a survival ethic.

All of this is of course very interesting, and is what makes the book very interesting, and at time entangling a read.

Christopher Lasch, “The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times”

The way forward is neither Promethean or Narcissism, both of which have been embraced by modern liberalism. The Age of Limits. Return to Book Page. To play with typology: Open Preview See a Problem? Jennifer rated it liked it Jun 21, That these distinctions bespeak profound change is obvious.

The ego-ideal motivates imagination, play, self- sacrifice, and the desire for loving union. In this tension, in our acknowledgment of this conflict, is our fragile peace.