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9 quotes from The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty- first Century: ‘The heroes of all myths face doubts. They feel that they ha. Carlo Strenger . celebrities—and thus the persistent fear of insignificance arises . Homo globalis try to assuage their persistent fears of insignificance: the. In The Fear of Insignificance Carlo Strenger diagnoses the wide-spread fear of the global educated class of leading insignificant lives. Making.

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How can an ordinary Inskgnificance Globalis compare with Lady Gaga and her million followers? Quotes from The Fear of Insig The drama of the psychological birth of the ot is facing fear, doubt, and hesitation; knowing that reaching for the stars entails the risk of failure, ridicule, even injury or death; and knowing that by not trying, you forfeit the possibility of greatness.

The first part gear basically a long and unpleasant rant against religion, pop spirituality in particular, and how people should study more philosophy and humanitarian sciences. Strenger Limited preview – Drawing insignifcance existential philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, and other disciplines, he diagnoses, interprets, and points the way toward therapeutic transformation of insignificaance existential unease that haunts our current age, illustrating his theses with evocative case studies of individual lives.

Emily rated it really liked it Jan 20, However in section III, the author unfortunately deviated from his original point of discussion and delved in an long-dragged discussion of religious world views. Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Fear of Insignificance: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Without falling into the trap of simplistic self-help advice, Strenger shows how a process he calls active self-acceptance, together with serious intellectual investment in our worldviews, can provide us with stable identity and meaning.

Overcoming the ‘fear of insignificance’

Strenger counsels that people stop measuring their achievement through cultural fantasies of riches and celebrity, which reflect a media craze for ranking and rating people and cannot lead to fulfillment. Want to Read saving…. Kass rated it really liked it Mar 30, He lived till 86 years old. Just a moment while we sign srenger in to your Goodreads account. Wealth, fame and power are not essential. Palgrave MacmillanJan 15, – Political Science – pages.


The drama of the psychological birth of the hero is facing fear, doubt, and hesitation; knowing that reaching for the stars entails the risk of failure, ridicule, even injury or death; and knowing that by not trying, insigjificance forfeit the possibility of greatness. The Celebrity Culture and the Designed Self. According to Strenger, we live in the era of Homo Globalis, a very unhappy creature who is bombarded by useless and unwanted information.

The number of interesting ideas did not justify the amount of text and the writing style sometimes resembles a public speech delivered at an academic gathering. How can anybody feel safe, when an unremarkable comment on Insignuficance is disliked, gets retweeted and ends up creating a surge of hatred?

May 27, John rated it really liked it.

Aug 14, Samuel Elmaleh rated it really liked it. But, once again, there was too much idle “public speech” discussion which is clearly meant as inspirational, but probably could have reached that goal using half the number of pages.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He believes that people need to invest as much time in developing their worldviews as their careers.

Instead of solving an existential unease, such resources just create ever growing disappointment. In his book, Strenger also attacks new pop-spiritualism that promises instant change and instant relief. The second part was the most fruitful.

The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century by Carlo Strenger

What gives my life the most meaning? Jan 18, Filipa rated it it was amazing. The book is a unique blend of an interpretation of the historical present and a caflo description of contemporary individual experience, anxiety, and hopes, in which Strenger makes use of his decades of clinical experience in existential psychotherapy.

It’s the first study of its kind to address the issue on a large scale.


I don’t go with his support for Dawkins, Hitchens et al, not just because of the venomous and rather self-righteous nature of their attacks on all faith and religion, but also because they come across as fundamentalists themselves.

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The Fear of Insignificance Quotes

In place of commodity and adaptation to the market place, he calls for a re-emphasis on the development of individuality, generativity, and creativity, and a pursuit of intellectual depth, self-knowledge, and meaningfulness.

Too generalist, mixes a lot of theories, talks about politics, terrorism, religion and other things mixing up all in a book that in the end it doesn’t make much sense to me neither helps in any kind insignkficance way. A liberal education is a good way to start, but the process must continue through a lifetime.

He writes for several newspapers and lectures clinical psychology at Telaviv university. Aug 31, Kacie rated it really liked it. Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century. Refresh and try again. Strenger interprets the quest for various forms of stgenger as a worldwide escapist flight from human finitude and the tragic dimension of human existence into mindless, inauthentic delusions of omnipotence.

Roey Rafael rated it it was amazing Dec 03, Relativism and Pop Spirituality.

This process, like stretching, involves pain and requires discipline. People should invest time and thought to their worldviews and self-understanding in the same way they invest in medical studies and law school,” Strenger advises. This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. We all need to feel that we do something that matters within the frame of reference that defines our experiential world.

Joel Page rated it really liked it Jul 06, The crucial step is to accept that to become the author of our lives, we need to accept that we haven’t chosen the base material of who we are.


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