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Author Verhaeghe, Paul, author.

Title What about me? : the struggle for identity in a market-based society / Paul Verhaeghe ; translated by Jane Hedley-Prôle.

Published Brunswick, Victoria Scribe Publications, [2014].


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  155.22 VERH    DUE 20-11-19
Physical description 265 pages ; 21 cm
regular print
Contents 1 Identity 5 -- 2 Ethics: from self-realisation to self-denial 35 -- 3 Perfectible Individual 55 -- 4 Essence of Identity 79 -- Intermezzo: society and disorders 103 -- 5 Enron Society 107 -- 6 Identity: powerless perfectibility 145 -- 7 New Disorders: rank and yank 181 -- 8 Good Life 217.
Summary According to current thinking, anyone who fails to succeed must have something wrong with them. The pressure to achieve and be happy is taking a heavy toll, resulting in a warped view of the self, disorientation, and despair. People are lonelier than ever before. Today's pay-for-performance mentality is turning institutions such as schools, universities, and hospitals into businesses - even individuals are being made to think of themselves as one-person enterprises. Love is increasingly hard to find, and we struggle to lead meaningful lives.
Other author Hedley-Prôle, Jane, translator.
Subject Identity (Psychology)
Social change.
Individual differences -- Social aspects.
Success -- Psychological aspects.
Failure (Psychology)
ISBN 9781922070906