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He strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the ‘culture of narcissism.

The illusion of reality dissolves, not in a hightened sense of reality as we might expect, but in a remarkable indifference to reality. This could probably be attributable to the fact that it was written several decades ago and the arguments have already been internalized by the broader culture even if changes haven’t really been effectuated.

But there’s not a whole lot of the really whacky Oedipus stuff.

The best hope of emotional maturity, then, appears to lie in a recognition of our need for dependence on people who nevertheless remain separate from ourselves and refuse to submit to our whims.

The political crisis of capitalism reflects a general crisis of western culture, which reveals itself in a pervasive despair of understanding the course of modern history or of subjecting it to rational direction” xiii. It is depressing to become aware of just how conformed we are on a pre-conscious level to such ugly cognitive and cultural norms. To ask other readers questions about La cultura del narcisismoplease sign up.

Wherever you stand, ideologically, prepare to be confronted. This endless search for self ultimately amounts to circular rationalization. I highly recommend this book for all serious, critical thinkers — now more than ever — even after forty years. The best of us, of which I will never be, are all fully blighted products of the modern age.


A couple times I almost tossed this aside, harcisismo then I rather liked it in the end. That doesn’t render all his points invalid, but it left a sour taste in my mouth. He sees the importance of stable institutions and a sense of continuity between generations and draws on many sources to reinforce this understanding.

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I often find I really have to re-read entire pages a few times for it all to sink in. Instead, it’s all id hcristopher instinct and terrifying super-ego crushing guilt and self-loathing. Some of the comments Lasch writes, Narcsismo do not agree with and find them a far stretch to explain the complexity of our generation or even human nature.

I feel Lasch would be fine with me combining his words to define narcissism as “An intens I have read a decent number of cultural studies and critiques, but none as clinical nor focused on the psyche of the modern American.

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I read this book and thought I did. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It has lost both the capacity and the will to confront the difficulties that threaten to overwhelm it. I feel like the author used this book as an ostentatious display of his own intelligence instead of a means of explaining his ideas. View all 16 comments.

Where once people felt confident about their ability to cook, raise families, and do productive work, there is deep uncertainty, despair, and an over-reliance on “experts”. It does not point to the Left or the Right in search of panaceas or guilt. Even if I don’t live in the US.


When I began reading this book, I had a hard time believing it was published in nrcisismo 70s. I couldn’t tell what the author was trying to say at all, his arguments are not easy to follow, etc.

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In that regard Lasch was right, and our poverty of ideas in the face of the current crisis is because of those cages we lavishly built for ourselves. I do think that someone who’s done a good job with a core undergraduate education should be able to muddle through and get the point; but how many people have done that?

If you’re allergic to Freud, as many people seem to be, you’ll find that pretty cutura. Nor do they discuss what might be called the secondary characteristics of narcissism: He explains all this much better than I have. The book is a fake: Then, deep in the middle of Chapter IV, he begins to discuss art and the theater of the absurd. I read this book and thought But if I was hypnotized, I culturaa think that he did.

When he quotes Ellen Richards as saying that children are not “the property of their parents” but “assets of the state,” he only addresses the latter part of her statement. Due to the demands of business, people are alienated from their labor, and work in gigantic bureaucracies where appearance is valued more than good work.