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

Will Storr / Jul 17, 2019

Selfie How We Became So Self Obsessed and What It s Doing to Us We live in the age of the individual We are supposed to be slim prosperous happy extroverted and popular This is our culture s image of the perfect self We see this person everywhere in advertising

  • Title: Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
  • Author: Will Storr
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  • Page: 149
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  • We live in the age of the individual We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular This is our culture s image of the perfect self We see this person everywhere in advertising, in the press, all over social media We re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source ofWe live in the age of the individual We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular This is our culture s image of the perfect self We see this person everywhere in advertising, in the press, all over social media We re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy Unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide Where does this ideal come from Why is it so powerful Is there any way to break its spell To answer these questions, Selfie by Will Storr takes us 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 individualistic neoliberalism in which we live now It tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately our self.

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      • Will Storr

        Will Storr is a long form journalist, novelist and reportage photographer His features have appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Magazine, The Observer Magazine, The Sunday Times Style and GQ, and he is a contributing editor at Esquire He has reported from the refugee camps of Africa, the war torn departments of rural Colombia and the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia, and has been named New Journalist of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and has won a National Press Club award for excellence His critically acclaimed first book, Will Storr versus The Supernatural is published by Random House in the UK The Hunger and the Howling of Killian Lone is his first novel.


    861 Comments

    1. Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days when humility was regarded as a basic virtue, instead of the rampant narcissism that has invaded modern society. Ours is a generation addicted to Likes and Retweets, attempting to live up to an impossible ideal and in need of constant validation. This very site operates under such a premise - I'm as guilty as anybody in enjoying a little dopamine hit every time somebody clicks the Like button on one of my reviews.In this engaging study, Will Storr inves [...]


    2. Wonderful. Gorgeous writing, and the most engrossing book I've read so far this year. Much more than a look at the rise of 21st century narcissism, but about how the self has been conceptualized throughout Western history and how it links to neoliberalism.We’re lumps of biology, mashed and pounded into shape by mostly chance events. Our ‘human potential’ is limited. But this isn’t the model of self that our culture keeps showing us. Instead, we’re presented with an individual who has t [...]


    3. Will Storr interviews a young woman who has hundreds of thousands of selfies stored on memory cards, a hard drive and a sagging, overburdened iCloud. She frequently works through the night to edit and filter her daily quota of new images in readiness for disseminating them on social media. The unexamined life may not be worth living, but do all lives deserve to be examined in such redundant detail? Storr’s informant goes on to confess that she feels most alive when slashing her flesh with a ra [...]


    4. One of the blurbs for this book mentioned that readers who liked “Sapiens” (Yuval Noah Harari) would also enjoy this book; I had and I did. There is the same sense of being in conversation with an interesting fellow inquirer, although my impression of Mr. Storr is that he isn’t as deadly serious as Mr. Harari and that he has a quiet sense of humor about the absurdity of some of his discoveries. He is a long-form journalist and novelist and seems to have combined a reporter’s tenacity in [...]



    5. I am not being overly dramatic when I say that we are living in a time of increasing levels of mental illness and challenges to emotional health, actual and attempted suicides, unhappy and unfulfilled people, over whelming pressures to be someone that we may not be internally programmed to be. These have always been issues in our communities through the centuries, but in the last fifty years or so there these issues have jumped to the fore of the lives of many many people in our world. But why? [...]


    6. This book is more than a sneer at youth culture. It is a deep exploration of how we got here and some messaging we have been soaking in all our lives. It is a deep read written in an accessible style. Frequently I'd find myself hissing 'yes' as the author articulated something so pervasive but undefined in our culture where you are the product.


    7. I rarely feel compelled make leave reviews, but this book was so informative and thought provoking that i have to make a serious recommendation. A thoroughly interesting insight into how we perceive ourselves and how our culture shapes it, told in a series of stories and easy descriptions of scientific research, complete with the careful but engaging introspection that I've come to love from Will Storr. I will be pondering this book for quite a long time.


    8. I once had the privilege of seeing the author reading and talk about his previous book 'the heretics' in a Birmingham pub about people who have different and unusual belief systems that favour those more of conspiracy theory than reality. His new book looks more at the self and the self in society. I found it a wonderful book. Looking at a range of selfs (e.g. the dying self, the perfectible self, the good / bad / digital self) telling stories that tell us about ourself and the society we live i [...]


    9. In one line, this is a history, a sociology, a psychology where did the self-help craze come from and what good is self-esteem anyway?Storr is a hostile-to-his-upbringing former Catholic who self-describes as "low agreeable and high neurotic", and who could be "wealthier, thinner, and more charming" but who at the end has come to very good conclusions about tribal propaganda, and the entire self-esteem hysteria. He even points out in great depth how self-esteem came to be, going all the way back [...]


    10. An ambitious sweep through how the concept of self has evolved from 2,500 years of history. From the ancient Greeks to the digital avatars of facebook/instagram profiles, Storr does an admirable (if rambling at times) job of walking the reader through the long journey. ___"We've found this relationship between social perfectionism and suicidality in all populations where we've done the work, including both the disadvantaged and the affluent."The problem isn't that we're becoming more perfectioni [...]


    11. I always love Will Storr's writing. He's remarkably talented and woefully underappreciated for his ability to bring clarity to complex socio-scientific fields. That said, I'm probably biased by my love for the fact that he writes a fair amount about public health issues, which puts him right up my street. I go out of my way to read his journalism, because whatever the topic, his byline guarantees new insights and connections between seemingly disparate facets of a topic.This book is no exception [...]


    12. Initial thoughts: One important thing to note about this book is that it was written by a journalist. He pursued neither a degree in sociology nor psychology. He did, however, consult many experts in those fields. That means that the way he presented and made sense of all that information was written in a very accessible manner, albeit with little in-depth analysis of the self or of culture.In terms of history, though, I found Selfie to be illuminating. This is, after all, where journalists shin [...]


    13. Really interesting book that makes sense and is both a pleasure to read and an eye-opener. The writer investigates how we see ourselves, taking us back all the way to the Ancient Greeks, but also Confucius, and up to our current culture of individualistic neoliberalism. I thought this book was just going to be about our selfie-culture, but putting the concept of self into historic perspective, brings understanding of why things are as they are. 'One of the dictums that defines our culture is tha [...]


    14. Will Storr hace un análisis exhaustivo para entender la actual generación basada en la perfección, la competencia y las apariencias, donde el Yo es la figura central en un universo cuya órbita gira al rededor de la historia que construimos sobre nosotros mismos y como esa historia es proyectada al exterior siendo afectada por los fenómenos sociales externos.Esta construcción deriva de la filosofía de Aristoteles donde según él, el Ego es la figura mas importante que cada quien debe cult [...]


    15. This book has effectively shattered my understanding of the world (well, "my" world, anyways) and my "self". Maybe I should say "selves" because appearantly there's more than one. And the idea that there one, core self, one you that's real? Well, I'm not sure what to call that idea at this point. Myth? Speculation? Wishful thinking? Reality? Know what? Read it and decide for yourselves because I sure as hell couldn't. Fair warning though; at the end of this book you'll either love Will Storr or [...]


    16. Will storr does a fantastic job at delving deep into the ideas of the individual and how the affect of the neo liberal tribe has on the ideal form of self. Will goes through the generations, starting with the dying self then moving into the tribal self ending with the digital self. It really makes the resder understand as a society how each generational shift in thinking about the self has led to the next one, ending with where we are as a society today being a highly narcissistic, selfish indiv [...]


    17. A fascinating book looking at the evolution of the idea of the individual self and how that has changed over time. It explores the interaction between our genes and the environment, particularly culture, and how that shapes us. I was especially interested in how the pursuit of perfection of the self puts an impossible amount of pressure on us and how pervasive that pressure is in the digital age. Highly recommended.


    18. The stuff about how we came to think about ourselves in an individualistic and later narcisisstic way was well researched but the stuff that dealt with the digital self was not featuring enough facts I think. But still an enlightening book and I love this kind of "stream of consciousness"-writing, although the author apparently found it difficult ("I hereby promise to never experiment with a no-chapters, stream of consciousness narrative ever again").


    19. A lot of this book was a 5. Fascinating analysis of psychology and philosophy and how beliefs become embedded and the worrying trend of our insular, internal dialogues and self-absorption and the impact on mental health, particularly in young adults. I just found Storr's writing a bit odd at times. Sometimes it was too "chatty" for my tastes but that's what makes this so accessible I guess. The analysis across a broad span of history is extraordinary and engrossing.


    20. Great read! I truly enjoyed this book. Unlike other books in the same category, it’s not trying to be a self-help book, and bore you with one simple idea re-told over and over again. But rather presents good facts from human history that explain how we as humanity ended up being the way we are in the modern day and age.


    21. A very recommended book written by a professional journalist whose his thoughts intrigue us to think what's currently happening in our society which is full of self-obsessed people. Self-perfectionism is so much discussed in this book, leading readers to question themselves, "Am I now included as a person who put self-perfectionism as priority in life?"


    22. What was so fantastic about Storr's previous books was the narrative of them, the stories of going to sceptic conferences or sleeping in haunted houses. Although there is some narrative here it's piecemeal and has been jettisoned in favour of a philosophy enquiry into the development of individualism. Interesting in its own way but unfocused and not what Storr does best


    23. Utterly facsinating exploration of our behaviour as millennials and how we have developed in to a narcissistic and self-centred generation (though in a non-accusatory manner). The type of book that you want to give to all of your friends to read.


    24. An absolutely vital insight into our bewilderingly self-centred Western culture that’s completely put me off the whole concept of having a ‘personal brand’. And I simply couldn’t be happier about it. :-)


    25. Not what I expected; I thought this would be more based on current social media issues but was more of a social psychology and historical social evolution theme, which was fascinating but just not what I expected after hearing the author interviewed on a tv show.


    26. "Social media is more than just appearance. It’s also a deeply neoliberal product that has gamified the self, turning our identity into a prawn that plays competitively on digital platforms for likes, feedback and friends – the approval of the tribe."Some great insights, esp in books 6 & 7.


    27. SO GOOD. mix of psychology, philosophy, greek myth, interviews and self help. Also great commentary on Brexit/Trump/social media. I listened to it on Audible and the voiceover used different voices for interviewees that made it very entertaining to listen to. My favourite non-fiction of all time.



    28. Another interesting read by Will Storr. Didn't enjoy it quite so much as his others but still well worth a read. 3 and-a-half stars


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