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

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Refresh and try again. Strenger points out correctly that criticism only brings a defensive attitude and deepens the attachment to one worldviews, which works in both directions, so we wtrenger just agree to disagree and go our merry, separate ways – that is, until somebody wants you to swallow their point of view with violence Contents Our Historical Moment.

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Internationally recognized for the scope and groundbreaking nature of its research and scholarship, Tel Aviv University consistently produces work with profound implications for the future. Today, even high achievers constantly fear that they are insignificant when they compare themselves to success stories promulgated by the print and electronic media, constantly afraid that their rating on a variety of scales may drop.

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. I felt optimistic at the end that such an evolution of religion and meaning is possible and is under way, and I will return to read the book again.


His work has been reported on and he has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Time Magazineas well as hundreds of newspapers and websites in more than twenty languages.

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

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There are other ways. The remedy is a process that he calls “active self-acceptance” through a sustained quest for self-knowledge as part of our process of maturation. The final part is looking forward into the future, and introduces the concept of “civilized disdain”, feaf I found nice and useful.

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A liberal education is a good way to start, but the process must continue through a lifetime. 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.

His wife is a political psychologist. His findings are presented in a new book, The Fear of Insignificance: It’s the first study of its kind to address the issue on a large scale.

James rated it it was amazing Jan 29, I found Strenger’s whole argument to be powerfully persuasive, even inspiring. The first part is basically a long and unpleasant rant against religion, pop spirituality in particular, and how people isignificance study more philosophy and humanitarian sciences. The book is a unique blend of an interpretation of the historical present and a poignant description of contemporary individual experience, anxiety, and rhe, in which Strenger makes use of his decades of clinical experience in hhe psychotherapy.


He sets down, with greater clarity than I have seen elsewhere, exactly how I see the intellectual and cultural cwrlo of recent Western thought and praxis and appeals for a return to that fateful crossing on the pilgrimage of thought where leaders took the broad road of ‘just do it’, pop spirituality and political correctness instead of continuing on the path of struggle for intellectual and emotional meaning.

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. Aug 14, Samuel Elmaleh rated it really liked it. This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

He cites abundantly the cases of midlife crisis experienced by Freud and Jung which implied prolonged isolation. However, Strenger does provide powerful insights to today’s flawed ideaologies and give suggestions on how to fix them. Now they yearn to achieve the celebrity of a Mark Zuckerberg or Oprah Winfrey — and these goals extend to adults as well.

Interesting arguments and insights, second half of the book not that interesting anymore. Kass rated it really liked it Mar 30, Real change often requires something like metaphysical realization about what it means to be free.