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 criteria for such fruition were no longer universal strejger determined by catalogues of virtues predefined by an external authority like religion or social order, but the internal coherence of character.

How can anybody feel safe, when an unremarkable comment on Twitter is disliked, gets retweeted and ends up creating a surge of hatred? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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.

Enrique rated it liked it May 17, This book didn’t quite live up to my expectations. To ask other readers questions about The Fear of Insignificanceplease sign up. I really enjoyed this book by my good friend and colleague, Carlo Strenger, and found myself physically nodding in agreement at his trenchant critique of our current global intellectual quandary. The media are feeding people spiritual junk food. 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 of way.

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. This apart the book is a refreshing and honest search, and that the search is incomplete he makes clear in the final chapter where he pleads for the elaboration of a Common Sacred Cause which is an open, humane constructive world-view.


Strenger tries to offer some hope at the end of this succint, brilliant book but honestly, considering the inane stupidity – biological and cultural – of humankind, there is little hope for the future.

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Searching for Meaning in the Twenty-first Century Palgrave Macmillanwhich illustrates his decade-long investigation into an unprecedented increase in levels of anxiety and depression.

The good life was one in which an individual came to full fruition. Aug 14, Samuel Elmaleh rated it really liked it. Joel Page rated it really liked it Jul 06, 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 should just agree to disagree and go our merry, separate ways – that is, until somebody wants you to swallow their point of view with violence Be the first to ask a question about The Fear of Insignificance.

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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.

The book is a unique blend of an interpretation of the historical present and a poignant description of contemporary individual experience, anxiety, and hopes, in which Strenger makes use of his decades of clinical experience in existential psychotherapy.

The Fear of Insignificance Quotes by Carlo Strenger

Celebrity, tje, and fortune are sought as symbolic immortality. He writes for several wtrenger and lectures clinical psychology at Telaviv university. Carlo Strenger of Tel Aviv University. Bjorn Delbeecke rated it liked it Jan 17, 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.


Olga rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Carlo is a Swiss-Israeli psychologist, a philosopher and an existential psychoanalyst. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

On what do I have to focus to leave a creation that has some lasting value? The fear of insignificance can only be overcome through strong individual and cultural identity over and above measurable achievement.

However, Strenger does provide powerful insights to today’s flawed ideaologies and give suggestions on how to fix them.

He l Carlo is a Swiss-Israeli psychologist, a philosopher and an existential psychoanalyst. In this respect I feel that it is well worth the read. His findings are presented in a new book, The Fear of Insignificance: Open Preview See a Problem?

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. Strengr 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 criteria for such fruition were no longer universal nor determined by catalogues of virtues predefined by an external aut A brilliant start section I-II posing questions pointing direct into the root of irrational anxiety of contemporary homo globalis.