Stand Firm

Stand Firm

Resisting the Self-improvement Craze

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The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting – constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high, while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic.

How can we resist today's obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and 'stand firm'. The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to coexist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this vibrant anti-self-help guide offers a compelling alternative to life coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say 'yes!'



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"The pace of modern life is accelerating. To keep up, we must keep on moving and adapting - constantly striving for greater happiness and success. Or so we are told. But the demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue and depression are at an all-time high while our social interactions have become increasingly self-serving and opportunistic. How can we resist today's obsession with introspection and self-improvement? In this witty and bestselling book, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann argues that we must not be afraid to reject the self-help mantra and "stand firm". The secret to a happier life lies not in finding your inner-self but in coming to terms with yourself in order to co-exist peacefully with others. By encouraging us to stand firm and get a foothold in life, this insightful anti-self-help guide offers a sobering and realistic alternative to life-coaching, positive thinking and the need always to say ?yes!?"--

Publisher: Malden, Massachusetts :, Polity,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781509514267
Branch Call Number: 158.1 BRI
Characteristics: vii, 138 pages ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: McTurk, Tam - Translator

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DrFolklore
Jun 22, 2017

If you've been busy attempting to know yourself, improve yourself, get in touch with your feelings, and realize your potential, but still fell stressed and dissatisfied in our "accelerating culture", perhaps you need a touch of stoicism. Brinkmann, a Danish psychologist, challenges popular thinking, and suggests ways in which one might benefit from some self-sacrifice, self-denial, and looking outward rather than inward. He argues that many trends that were valuable in the sixties and seventies have gone too far, being co-opted by corporations and billionaires to the detriment of the rest of us. He acknowledges that his writing a self-help book about "resisting the self-help craze" is a contradiction. However, he approaches his subject with intelligence and humour -- no one is required to do the exercises.

Any reader willing to approach Stand Firm with an open mind will find a great deal to think about, but no simple answers.

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