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The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times #2020

The Minimal Self Psychic Survival in Troubled Times Faced with an escalating arms race rising crime and terrorism environmental deterioration and long term economic decline people have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly

  • Title: The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times
  • Author: Christopher Lasch
  • ISBN: 9780393302639
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times By Christopher Lasch, Faced with an escalating arms race, rising crime and terrorism, environmental deterioration, and long term economic decline, people have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly world 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 searcFaced with an escalating arms race, rising crime and terrorism, environmental deterioration, and long term economic decline, people have retreated from commitments that presuppose a secure and orderly world 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 search for psychic survival.

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    1. I picked this up after it was mentioned in The Baffler s review of Elizabeth Lunbeck s The Americanization of Narcissism thebaffler salvos amer , and I m glad I did I m an absolute junkie for social psych what makes society tick books, and although this was published in 1984, it s still very insightful about the current day difficulty of figuring out how to live in a world that seems like it s falling apart around us A follow up to and clarification of Lasch s famous book The Culture of Narciss [...]

    2. Some good stuff in this, but dated The foundations of feminism and other progressive movements was interesting to follow But, outdated over reliance on Freud s ego, superego, id makes this a relic.

    3. This book reads as a collection of essays across different disciplines or areas of thought The subtitle is not very revealing In part, the book questions, rather than endorses, the goal of survival Lasch says that the problem with setting personal survival as a life goal is that it is a very low standard It ignores questions of human flourishing including art, civilization, ethics, friendship, and so on , and it eliminates the possibility of altruistic self sacrifice for those goals, as self sac [...]

    4. What can one make of this book One needs to consider the authors views first, I think before one reads the book, because the author seems all over the place, at least it seemed so when this person was reading it One minute you think you found someone who understands you in my case because of his rejection of progressivism in particular feminism , the next you think where has he gone off to again, in my case, because of the seeming moderate position he takes toward Progressivism.Mr Lasch, accordi [...]

    5. The way forward is neither Promethean or Narcissism, both of which have been embraced by modern liberalism The self must again find a way to cultivate creation instead of dominate it or symbiotically become a part of it Lasch also gives a fair critique of conservative thought that seeks to turn back the clock to an authoritative view that rests on fear and respect alone A good conservativism is one that seeks forgiveness and reconciliation A good conservativism sees the self as always in tension [...]

    6. All the Freud and reaction to Freud makes this the most dated feeling Lasch I ve read so far, but the stuff about the titular minimal self and the survival mentality is a great reimagining of what was misunderstood in The Culture of Narcissism.

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