By Carl Cederström, André Spicer
Not workout up to you have to? Counting your energy on your sleep? Feeling ashamed for no longer being happier? you can be a sufferer of the wellbeing syndrome.
In this ground-breaking new ebook, Carl Cederström and André Spicer argue that the ubiquitous strain to maximise our well being has began to paintings opposed to us, making us think worse and galvanizing us to withdraw into ourselves. The wellbeing Syndrome follows well-being freaks who visit extremes to discover the suitable nutrition, company athletes who begin the day with a dance celebration, and the self-trackers who video display every thing, together with their very own rest room behavior. it is a global the place feeling stable has develop into indistinguishable from being strong. Visions of social swap were lowered to desires of person transformation, political debate has been changed via insipid moralising, and medical facts has been traded for new-age delusions. a full of life and funny analysis of the cult of health, this booklet is an vital advisor for everybody suspicious of our relentless quest to be happier and healthier.
“The wellbeing Syndrome slinks like a submarine underneath the disingenuously placid surface-narratives of latest ideology, earlier than torpedoing, with devastating influence, that almost all pernicious of all neoliberal doctrines: positiveness.” —Tom McCarthy, writer of Remainder, C and Satin Island
“A attention-grabbing and well timed research of the fashionable ideology of ‘wellness’, with its moralizing insistence that being an outstanding member of society potential meditating extra, workout extra and utilizing your phone to trace sleep styles, your vitamin or even your intercourse lifestyles. Carl Cederström and André Spicer vividly exhibit how the patron financial system has co-opted healthiness or even happiness itself – and warn that our fixation on health is eventually an anxiety-inducing, separating and joyless technique to live.” —Oliver Burkeman, Guardian columnist and writer of The Antidote: Happiness for those who Can't Stand optimistic Thinking
“A magnificent piece of labor which exposes the wellbeing ideology for what it truly is: a silly and dreadful delusion of real self-mastery. As this well timed and interesting ebook indicates, such fantasies has to be nailed.” —Simon Critchley, the hot university for Social Research
“We all obscurely feel that politics has dramatically shifted. much less taken with the ‘body politic’ than ever, we're all way more deeply engaged with our personal our bodies, via drugs, meditation workshops or health sessions. As this insightful and stylish ebook exhibits, this shift marks a dramatic switch in our societies because it makes healthiness and happiness the recent markers of ‘morality’ or ‘immorality’. fats humans and people who smoke are actually united of their universal immorality. Marshalling a powerful array of facts, this e-book sheds a much-needed gentle at the new tyranny exerted by means of the cultural imperatives of overall healthiness and happiness.” —Eva Illouz, Hebrew collage of Jerusalem
“Using a entire set of case reports, Carl Cederström and André Spicer diagnose modern capitalism's obsession with ‘wellness’. The well being Syndrome is a mordantly witty research of the way ideology works this present day. It demonstrates that the fixation on well-being is itself pathological – and that affliction may be liberating.” —Mark Fisher, Goldsmiths collage