Selfie, Will Storr
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Will Storr

Selfie

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A compelling new work about the mysterious power of the self and the danger of our modern obsession with it, from the author of The Heretics.
“So interesting I literally couldn't put it down.” Sunday Times

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 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,…
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