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

The resulting culture was emotionally frozen and often did not lead to fruitful discussion between worldviews in general, and between secularism and religion in particular. Skip to main content? He l Carlo is a Swiss-Israeli psychologist, a philosopher and an existential psychoanalyst.

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How can anybody feel safe, when an unremarkable comment on Twitter is disliked, gets retweeted and ends up creating a surge of hatred? He’s got a very own life landmark: The book is composed of 3 parts. The book will have a wide interdisciplinary appeal — e. The path to therapeutic transformation that Strenger maps out is no less than a Nietzschean revaluation of values–of what it means to have a valuable life.


Jan 18, Filipa rated it it was amazing. Also, the self celebrity as defined by ratings. Our existential equation is who we are. Carlo Strenger of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Psychology demonstrates that people over the past ten years have been suffering from an increasing fear of their own “insignificance,” something he first recognized in his own clinical practice.

Jun 22, Dmitry Zinenko rated it liked it. Quotes from The Fear of Insig 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.

Kayla rated it it was ok Sep 15, In his book he speaks with admiration about Karl Jaspers, the German philosopher for some the exponent of German Existentialism: This process, like stretching, involves pain and requires discipline.

Chaim rated it liked it Jan 03, Apr 19, Pedro Rustizu rated it did not like it. Strenger’s research focuses on the impact of globalization on identity and meaning.

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According to Strenger, fera live in the era of Homo Globalis, a very unhappy creature who is bombarded by useless and unwanted information.

Strenger interprets the quest for various forms of celebrity as a worldwide escapist flight from human finitude and the tragic dimension of human existence into mindless, inauthentic delusions of omnipotence. This connects with human fear of insignificance and the need to belong to something bigger insignifucance our limited existence.

Celebrity, fame, and fortune are sought as symbolic immortality.


It should also have wide appeal within the educated public — for example, to all those who feel alarmed by the escalatingly grandiose and destructive escapist ideologies into which people of our era flee from the existential vulnerabilities exposed by the likes of global terrorism, global nuclear proliferation, global warming, and global economic collapse. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Enrique rated it liked it May 17, Carlo Strenger of Tel Aviv University. In such a system, the value of the individual is determined by quantitative rankings of “global celebrity,” measures of fame or fortune within our rapidly expanding “global infotainment” network.

Account Options Sign in. He writes for several newspapers and lectures clinical psychology at Telaviv university. 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.

The Fear of Insignificance Quotes by Carlo Strenger

Noticing a surge of this fear in his insinificance, he began an interdisciplinary research project on the phenomenon. The Epicurist restricted life to its essential basic needs fulfilled included.

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