The Wellness Syndrome
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The Wellness Syndrome

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"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 Visions of social change have been reduced to dreams of individual transformation, political debate has been replaced by insipid moralising, and scientific evidence has been traded for new-age delusions.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.

Title:The Wellness Syndrome
ISBN:0745655610
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:200 pages

    The Wellness Syndrome Reviews

  • Toto
    Mar 08, 2015

    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...

  • Kaarna
    Oct 10, 2016

    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...

  • John Newton
    Nov 28, 2015

    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...

  • Meg
    Jul 15, 2016

    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. ...

  • Dirk Nachbar
    Jan 29, 2015

    good summary of current neoliberalism critique...

  • Peter Geyer
    Dec 21, 2016

    My eldest niece (40), employed as a primary school teacher, visited her grandmother today, silent child in tow, to direct at will as far as appropriate behaviours go. As she left, a couple of minutes ...

  • Z
    Jan 02, 2017

    This book speaks to me strongly. A must read for anyone who is sober enough and wants to see the world clearly....

  • Haille Hogfeldt
    Dec 17, 2016

    Fascinating Marxist critique of the "wellness" culture, industry, and so called "syndrome" and its consequences, both individually and for society, that is valid and thought provoking. However, it is ...

  • Anna Rohleder
    Dec 17, 2016

    A needed antidote to the self-addicted gospel of our times. It's always a relief when someone identifies positive thinking as a means of discouraging critical thinking. A must read in particular for a...

  • Karen
    May 01, 2015

    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...