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The Life of I: the new culture of narcissism

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Far from being the work of a madman, Anders Breivik's murderous rampage in Norway was the action of an extreme narcissist. As the dead lay around him, he held up a finger asking for a Band-Aid.

Written with the pace of a psychological thriller, The Life of I is a compelling account of the rise of narcissism in individuals and society. Manne examines the Lance Armstrong dopi
Paperback, First, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Melbourne University Press
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Simone Sinna
Aug 11, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it really liked it
A thoughtful and thought provoking book, meticulously researched and with excellent case examples piecing together why some people end up as they do; cases like the Norwegian mass murderer and also chilling discussion by the young American man who raped an intellectually disabled woman and showed no remorse (and thought she should be grateful)…but whose mother had sacked every nanny he had ever tried to attach to because of her own narcissistic needs.
She analyses these cases and why there seems
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This is a very interesting and easy to read and absorbing discussion on narcissism and the narcissistic personality that involves contemporary high profile examples to demonstrate the actual ways (and potential for) narcissists to interact with the world and society.
I am sure we have all come across some of the behaviours on the lower end of the scale – the bully at work (yes I have met a few), cases of domestic violence (there are plenty of examples here), the precocious,
There's a lot of books about what's wrong with society these days - it's clear we're all sick of the culture of selfies, social media, celebrity obsessions and other "ills" of modern life.
And yet we keep indulging.

Manne's book goes deeper and broader in putting a finger on something that is no longer "suffered" by a select few; narcissism.

Having listened to Manne talk about her work in interviews I wondered how she managed to connect the GFC, the horrific Sandinavian massacre, the 2014 Australia
Gail Chilianis
Sep 02, 2015 Gail Chilianis rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting account of the rise of narcissism in our society. The cover blurb sums up Anne Manne's insights "she goes beyond the usual suspects of social media and celebrity culture to the deeper root of the issue: how a new narcissistic character-type is being fuelled by a cult of the self and the pursuit of wealth in a hyper competitive consumer society"
I dipped in and out of this book and I intend to return to it!
Jul 22, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating look at the demonstrable rise of narcissism in society, moving well beyond the obvious (selfies, Facebook) to discuss its links to misogyny, mass murder, neoliberalism and even climate change denial. I've reviewed it in depth for The Monthly Magazine (upcoming issue, August 2014).
Sep 27, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly interesting book and I was especially intrigued by the analysis of childhoods gone wrong and the role that can play in forming "King Baby" characteristics. The sections on the feminist and sexual revolutions and the one on Ayn Rand were fascinating and thought-provoking.
But towards the end I got a bit fed up with it; she was working too hard to prove her theory.
Oct 16, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Life of I: the New Culture of Narcissism, Anne Manne sheds some light on the psychology of narcissism. Through the use of some well known recent incidents such as the doping scandal surrounding Lance Armstrong; the massacre of seventy-seven young Norwegians by Anders Breivik; and even the role of Alan Greenspan in the GFC, Manne uncovers the inner workings of the narcissist, and provides psychological insight that goes a long way to discerning the reason for these people’s actions.

While o
David Rush
A good book. Not a great book, but still quite good.

The first half is the better half since she does a really good job of weaving what upbringing can lead to the worst of the worst narcissist. It is all pretty factual, and reporter like presented in an very readable manner.

The very worst example opens the book, with Anders Behring Breivik who murders over 30 people in Norway. Then there is the social theory on how narcissist develop and how the traits show up in Breivik. Then this section ends w
Sep 12, 2016 Ally rated it really liked it
Thorough and well-written critique of narcissism in today's culture, but doesn't really provide any solutions. There is a powerlessness related to dealing with narcissists at all levels of society; it's really quite depressing. I'm yet to read a book on narcissism that has anything particularly helpful for reducing their impact.
Jan 22, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and insightful book about the growth of narcissism in modern society and how it's risen from and contributed to the current philosophies of Western living. The author starts with the personal - what family and environmental factors are more likely to breed narcissists (the chapter on Lance Armstrong is especially illuminating) through to the broader economic and social perspective.

I thought that in some places the author stretched the narcissist analogy a bit too thinly,
Jan 06, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Invaluable read on the increasingly confronting issue of narcissism. The first two thirds chapters are enthralling but the latter ones are a bit of a drag as the author appears to stretch her capabilities a bit into specialist areas.

The early chapters on human behaviour provide insight into the need for awareness of the probable causes of narcissism and the way in which it affects such things as simple male female relationships. Highly recommended for those chapters alone.

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Jan 05, 2015 Vicky rated it it was amazing
It was a very interesting view on our modern society, state of economy and moral values. Here is a healthy mix of psychological and sociological research into the ways of education, parenting, wealth division and everyday philosophy of ordinary people and more affluent citizens. The picture is not pretty. Even if it is only relevant to most prosperous countries, this view on modern society makes you worry about the direction we are all going. Hopefully, there are a lot of common sense left to be ...more
Debbie Meyers Cooper
Aug 10, 2015 Debbie Meyers Cooper rated it it was ok
Book Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I started this book thinking that it would help me understand the generation that I'm currently teaching. It was a very scholarly book. At times it felt like a textbook from college. I don't recommend this book to someone who wants a quick overview. This is an in-depth book that will cover research, case studies, and historical events to give you an extensive overview of narcissism in today's world.
Amy Antcliffe
Mar 20, 2015 Amy Antcliffe rated it really liked it
Manne succeeds in empathising with, and validating, those touched by narcissistic personality disorder. She does this through the provision of well-researched etiological information and stunning case examples. Each chapter is imbued with her dry wit and innovative thinking, making this read truly "un-put-down-able".
KT Mcintyre
Mar 10, 2016 KT Mcintyre rated it liked it
This book was an interesting look into neoliberalism's impacts at a psychological level.

I don't think narcissism alone can explain some of the behaviours discussed in the book, and I felt like there was some over-stretching in order to fit the theory onto the examples. It was nevertheless a very thought provoking book.
Dec 16, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Not an optimistic view of today's society. The neoliberalist consumer driven culture that Anne Manne describes in her book needs to change if we want our planet to survive into the future. A sobering and thought provoking book.
Nov 07, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: stawell
A great book that goes a lot deeper than pointing the finger at selfies and the younger generation, and encourages the reader to think about the kind of society we live in - and the kind we might want to create together.
Excellent book so far ... am up to p. 86. Need to return the book to the library. To be continued!!!
Dec 14, 2014 Emmy rated it liked it
A bit over-dramatic, exaggerated and aggressive at times (particularly towards men) but overall interesting enough, yeah narcissists are scary! Worse yet its a pretty incurable disorder :/. Sucks.
Emma Moffitt
Dec 20, 2015 Emma Moffitt rated it liked it
Interesting, but I may have had my expectations too high. I think perhaps there were too many anecdotes and not enough other lines of evidence.
Lisa Taylor
Jan 01, 2016 Lisa Taylor rated it really liked it
So relevant to today's society where people are becoming more and more self-centred and narcissistic.
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Anne Manne is a Melbourne writer. She has been a regular columnist for the Australian and the Age. More recently her essays on contemporary culture such as child abuse, pornography, gendercide and disability have all appeared in The Monthly magazine. Her essay ‘Ebony: The Girl in the Room’ was included in The Best Australian Essay’s: A Ten Year Collection. Her book, Motherhood: How should we care ...more
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