Released on 15 June 2017.

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Selfie

How the West Became Self-Obsessed

4.15 based on 246 ratings & 32 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

‘So interesting I literally couldn’t put it down’ Sunday Times

We are living in an age of heightened individualism. Success is a personal responsibility. Our culture tells us that to succeed is to be slim, rich, happy, extroverted, popular – flawless.

The pressure to conform to this ideal has changed who we are. We have become self-obsessed. And our expectation of perfection comes at a cost. Millions are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy.

It was not always like this. To explain how we got here, Will Storr takes us on a journey across continents and centuries. Full of thrilling and unexpected connections between history, psychology, economics, neuroscience and more, Selfie is an unforgettable book that makes sense of who we have become.

As featured on Russell Brand’s Under The Skin podcast.

In the media

In this riveting account of how our culture has defined who we feel we should be, from Aristotle to Ayn Rand, Storr charts the rise of our age of perfectionism, and our resulting addictions to selfies and social media. It's profoundly eye-opening, and not a little chastening. Arresting mirrored jacket too . . .
Bookseller
Storr starts in Ancient Greece and masterfully pulls us through time, arriving at today's Silicon Valley. And on this journey he asks so many fascinating questions . . . An important, fascinating and mind-expanding read that examines the cultural, societal, psychological and political forces that have led to the Selfie generation. I can't recommend it enough.
The Pool
Will Storr is a versatile, imaginative, committed long-form journalist with a populist touch . . . a talented, ambitious writer.
Independent

Will Storr introduces Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us