Reviews "The Fear of Insignificance is the type of book that can change your life. Strenger encourages the reader to create meaning autonomously and not shy away from the painful work involved in becoming a genuine individual. Haaretz, Best Books of the Year. June 6 "Carlo Strenger.

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His family was Orthodox Jewish and he was raised as a religious Jew. As a teenager, he lost his faith and became an atheist. He describes his transition from Orthodox Judaism to secular atheism as the defining experience of his life. At age 29, he moved to Israel and studied philosophy and clinical psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , where he received his Ph.

He then moved to Tel Aviv, where he lived with his wife, Julia Elad-Strenger, a political psychologist. His first Book Between Hermeneutics and Science [3] argued that psychoanalysis had insufficient evidential foundation because of its almost exclusive reliance on clinical data, and argued that psychoanalysis needed to interact with mainstream science to avoid becoming irrelevant.

During the s he was in private practice in Tel Aviv, while teaching as an adjunct professor at Tel Aviv University. He aimed at combining psychoanalytic and existentialist motifs in his clinical work and presented his existential psychoanalytic perspective in Individuality, the Impossible Project He spoke regularly about globalisation and world-citizenship, among other issues, including at TEDX Jaffa No longer suffering from suffocating taboos, GenXers were faced with a fluid world and great pressure to succeed.

The self had become an endless experiment, and GenXers expected to have spectacular lives in which professional success needed to be combined with experimentation in the domains of sexuality, lifestyle and shaping the body almost at will.

Strenger argued that one of the problems of this generation was that it no longer felt rooted in deep cultural traditions, and instead turned to popular culture for guidance. Some critics saw the book as an innovative and thought-provoking interpretation of the experience and identity of a generation that had grown into the world of global markets and communication networks. He proposed to rethink midlife transition in view of increased life expectancy, and argued that midlife change must become a cultural norm in "The Existential Necessity of Midlife-Change" a much-quoted article in the Harvard Business Review.

Using findings of existential psychology, Strenger argued that it was becoming progressively more difficult for Homo Globalis to maintain stable self-esteem, because every achievement is compared to the spectacular success stories publicized by the media. Strenger attacked the fashionable relativism of pop-spirituality, claiming that this actually prevents Homo Globalis from attaining a stable worldview.

As an alternative to the myth of "Just do it" and the precepts of pop-spirituality, Strenger suggested a concept of "active self-acceptance", [16] in which persons achieve a sense of selfhood and their personal mission through a sustained quest for self-knowledge. He claimed that only sustained intellectual investment in a reasonably based world-view can give Homo Globalis a stable sense of meaning and identity. The Fear of Insignificance has been translated into a number of languages including French, [17] Italian, [18] Portuguese[ citation needed ] and Korean.

He claimed that the development of modern Jewish Universalism provides an interesting paradigm for this identity, and has portrayed Sigmund Freud, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, [23] Leo Strauss and Philip Roth [24] as examples. He also analyzes the complex, guilt-ridden relation between Europe and Israel, and claims that the Middle Eastern conflict is, among others, intractable because of the exclusive claim of monotheistic religions to absolute truth.

But some of his critics from the Israeli right categorized him as belonging to the extreme left. Psychological Issues Monograph no Madison, Connecticut: International University Press. London: Routledge.


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Strenger encourages the reader to create meaning autonomously and not shy away from the painful work involved in becoming a genuine individual. Haaretz, Best Books of the Year. June 6 "Carlo Strenger. Gradually a tragic picture of Homo globalis evolves; locked into illusions without being able to see the bars of the cage. Its greatness resides is its precise diagnosis of the central problems of our times and in offering solutions that avoid flattery and instant redemption.


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