Desperately Seeking Self-improvement

Desperately Seeking Self-improvement

A Year Inside the Optimization Movement

Book - 2017
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"For an extraordinary year, authors Carl Cederström and André Spicer threw themselves headlong into the multifarious and often bizarre world of self-optimization, a burgeoning movement that seeks to transcend the limits placed on us by merely being human. As willing guinea pigs in an extraordinary (and sometimes downright dangerous) range of techniques and technologies, our heroic protagonists used apps that deliver electric shocks in pursuit of improved concentration, wore headbands designed to optimize meditation, attempted to boost their memory through associative techniques (and failed to be admitted to MENSA), trained for weightlifting competitions, wrote a Scandinavian detective story under the influence of mind enhancing drugs, enrolled in motivational seminars and tantra sex workshops, attended new-age retreats and man-camps, underwent plastic surgery, and experimented with vibrators that stimulated parts of the body they barely knew existed. Somewhat surprisingly, the two young professors survived this year of rigorous research and have drawn on it to produce a hilarious and eye-opening book. Written in the form of two parallel diaries, Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement provides a biting analysis of the narcissism and individual competitiveness that increasingly pervades a society in which, as social solutions recede, individual self-improvement is the only option left."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York, NY :, OR Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781944869397
Branch Call Number: ANF 158.1 CED
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Spicer, André - Author

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Jan 16, 2018

I've read more than my fair share of self-improvement books, and I was hoping that this one would either be
A: Something useful that would sort out the good from the bad or
B: Funny.
It was neither of these. Both men attempt various self-improvement regimes, but with no scientific basis, and since they're both academics, there's no indication how this might fit into the life of someone who, for example, works 9-5. They both spent somewhere in the region of ten thousand pounds on the various courses, gadgets and books, and got nothing back. Their prose style is joyless and the conclusion of the book is that it was all pretty much a waste of time. It would have been great to have that on the front cover to save people reading the book.

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