Posts Tagged ‘narcissism’

The century of the self

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Adam Curtis’ acclaimed 4 part documentary examines the rise of the all-consuming self in the 20th century against the backdrop of Sigmund Freud’s pioneering work on the subconsious.

To many in both politics and business, the triumph of the self seems like the ultimate expression of democracy, where power has finally moved to the people. The Century of the Self tells the untold and sometimes controversial story of the growth of the mass-consumer society - how did the all-consuming self appear, who played a part, and in whose interests?


Why Narcissism Thrives in Modern Culture

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

250px Michelangelo Caravaggio 065 Why Narcissism Thrives in Modern Culture

Narcissism is said to be the Hysteria of the 20th century. Among other related social illnesses more and more people claim disturbance of self-esteem and a feeling of great emptiness. The “modern” narcissism however, seems not to be originated in the early childhood as once described by Freud, but to be enforced and constructed by society. Economical and technological changes, as well as changes in social values are all contributing factors to increased narcissism in post modernity.

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?