Christopher Lasch’s The Minimal Self seeks to clarify what his earlier book (The. Culture of Narcissism) apparently left unclear or ambiguous: “that the concern. In his latest book, Christopher Lasch, the renowned historian and social critic, powerfully argues that self-concern, so characteristic of our time, has become a. In “The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations” (), Christopher Lasch described a sea change in the.

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Some good stuff in this, but dated. Nov 14, Giuseppe D’Antonio rated it it was amazing Shelves: While defenders of the family need to acknowledge the justice of the central feminist demands, feminists for their part need to acknowledge the deterioration of care for the young and the justice of the demand that something be done to arrest it.

And Americans were paranoid – certainly not for the first time but in a manner that was signally more desperate after their defeat in Vietnam, in the midst of profound economic woes and racial tension, and with a general feeling of being unable to control their lives. Ben Marler rated it it was amazing Feb 22, He strove to create a historically informed social criticism that could teach Americans how to deal with rampant consumerism, proletarianization, and what he famously labeled the ‘culture of narcissism.

Find it on Scholar. A reversion to savagery threatens them so little that they long precisely for a more vigorous instinctual existence.


Those who base the case for conservation and peace on survival not only appeal to a debased system of values, they defeat their own purpose. Adam rated it it was amazing Jan 20, Hence its first mental experience is a sense of omnipotence.

The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times by Christopher Lasch

His writings during this period are considered contradictory. But if these maturational experiences do not occur, no secure self emerges. If not Prometheus or Narcissus, where is the model of a sane culture? By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

This article has no associated abstract. David rated it really liked it May 04, Sign in to use this feature. One could read this book and see how almost 30 Years Later, you could get the sense that he is writing this about contemporary society.

Though no longer big news, a lot of cultural data is collected and analyzed. The Age of Limits. Most likely it is a response to the social decline that became perceptible in the late ‘s and to the whole of what was mis-dubbed the “Me Decade. All the Freud and reaction to Freud makes this the most dated-feeling Lasch I’ve read so far, but the stuff about the titular minimal self and the survival mentality is a great reimagining of what was misunderstood in The Culture of Narcissism.

One of the prime tenets of psychoanalysis is that pathology and normality are not sharply demarcated but continuous. It reacts with rage against the source of its frustration its parentsbut since the source of its frustration is also the source of its gratification and the sole guarantee of its continued existence, the infant cannot tolerate its own impulses of rage and aggression, which would, if realized, annihilate it along with its parents. This is a pretense because it masks profound feelings of inadequacy: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times.


The same conditions have made the idea of timely sacrifice untenable. The Trumpians are indeed driven by a passion. This is a recipe for regression to psychic infancy: Quotes from The Minimal Self Kindness, care, public action for justice and thf for one’s fellow man: The Historian as Public Moralist: Jan 20, Jenni Link rated it it was amazing. Critical Theory of the Contemporary The result is a neurotic adult.

No doubt the past was in some ways a happier time. Lasch argues that the evolution of capitalism has affected family structure and the socialization of children in a number of ways.

Christopher Lasch, “The Minimal Self: Psychic Survival in Troubled Times”

Christopher Lasch – – Theory and Society 14 5: A preoccupation with survival, its “”grave and trivial”” christppher, persists because of the history of slaughter in our century and because of the continuing threat of nuclear war.

Ocean rated it really liked it Jan 08, They tend, rather, to be consumed with rage, which derives from defenses against desire and gives rise in turn to new defenses against rage itself.

Once people understand that, they will fight like hell for it.