The Wellness Syndrome

The Wellness Syndrome

"Not exercising as much as you should? Counting your calories in your sleep? Feeling ashamed for not being happier? You may be a victim of the wellness syndrome."

In this ground-breaking new book, Carl Cederstr?m and Andr? Spicer argue that the ever-present pressure to maximize our wellness has started to work against us, making us feel worse and provoking us to withdraw into ourselves. The Wellness Syndrome follows health freaks who go to extremes to find the perfect diet, corporate athletes who start the day with a dance party, and the self-trackers who monitor everything, including their own toilet habits. This is a world where feeling good has become indistinguishable from being good. Visions of social change have been reduced to dreams of individual transformation, political debate has been replaced by insipid moralising, and scientific evidence has been traded for new-age delusions. A lively and humorous diagnosis of the cult of wellness, this book is an indispensable guide for everyone suspicious of our relentless quest to be happier and healthier.

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  • I loved the concept of this book, a critique of the societal command to "be well" (or at least *try* to be well) that people in the West live under now. Cederstrom's argument is that the wellness comm...

  • A vacuous book that mocks and belittles those who try to live better and healthier than their parents and their grandparents. If you ask the authors, the current obsession with wellness is the corrupt...

  • 3,5 stars, mainly for content. It was not badly written but the main point for me was the idea of the wellness syndrome and its effects on society.I was really inspired by some of the chapters. I enjo...

  • I agree wholeheartedly with everything the authors had to say about the pernicious influences of the wellness and self-help industries, but upon completion immediately began reading a self-help book. ...

  • This book is a much-needed exposé of the combination of New Age speculation and trashy pop psychology that is current today in much popular writing and some management and health literature. The auth...

  • good summary of current neoliberalism critique...

  • Преди 15о г. Карл Маркс предрича, че капиталистическото общество е обречено, защото в него бизнесът експлоатир...

  • An interesting critique on the tyranny of positive thinking which seems to have pervaded every aspect of our lives. Labelling the state that we wish to reach as 'wellness' the book suggests that welln...

  • Essentially, I read it like this:The book builds on the concept theorized by philosopher Michel Foucault who said that power is not only repressive but also productive. People thinking that they are l...

  • Worthwhile subject matter. Disappointed because I was expecting it to be more health-focused - really, I was hoping it would be something of a sequel to the excellent Against Health, which it referenc...

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