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Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement CrazeStand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze by Svend Brinkmann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A mix of Stoic philosophy and critical analysis of the self-help book phenomenon, thinly disguised as a self-help book itself (satirically). The author makes strong points that self-improvement is a product of an accelerating culture, the culture of late capitalism, that no one is ever enough and we constantly need to improve ourselves to compete or, more broadly, validate our existence. It's a thoughtful and provocative book that includes an introduction to the history of Stoic philosophy in the appendix.



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