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Desperately seeking self-improvement: a year inside the optimization movement
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New York : OR Books, [2017].
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358 pages ; 21 cm.
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"For an extraordinary year, authors Carl Cederström and André Spicer threw themselves headlong into the multifarious and often bizarre world of self-optimization, a burgeoning movement that seeks to transcend the limits placed on us by merely being human. As willing guinea pigs in an extraordinary (and sometimes downright dangerous) range of techniques and technologies, our heroic protagonists used apps that deliver electric shocks in pursuit of improved concentration, wore headbands designed to optimize meditation, attempted to boost their memory through associative techniques (and failed to be admitted to MENSA), trained for weightlifting competitions, wrote a Scandinavian detective story under the influence of mind enhancing drugs, enrolled in motivational seminars and tantra sex workshops, attended new-age retreats and man-camps, underwent plastic surgery, and experimented with vibrators that stimulated parts of the body they barely knew existed. Somewhat surprisingly, the two young professors survived this year of rigorous research and have drawn on it to produce a hilarious and eye-opening book. Written in the form of two parallel diaries, Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement provides a biting analysis of the narcissism and individual competitiveness that increasingly pervades a society in which, as social solutions recede, individual self-improvement is the only option left."--Back cover.

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"For an extraordinary year, authors Carl Cederström and André Spicer threw themselves headlong into the multifarious and often bizarre world of self-optimization, a burgeoning movement that seeks to transcend the limits placed on us by merely being human. As willing guinea pigs in an extraordinary (and sometimes downright dangerous) range of techniques and technologies, our heroic protagonists used apps that deliver electric shocks in pursuit of improved concentration, wore headbands designed to optimize meditation, attempted to boost their memory through associative techniques (and failed to be admitted to MENSA), trained for weightlifting competitions, wrote a Scandinavian detective story under the influence of mind enhancing drugs, enrolled in motivational seminars and tantra sex workshops, attended new-age retreats and man-camps, underwent plastic surgery, and experimented with vibrators that stimulated parts of the body they barely knew existed. Somewhat surprisingly, the two young professors survived this year of rigorous research and have drawn on it to produce a hilarious and eye-opening book. Written in the form of two parallel diaries, Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement provides a biting analysis of the narcissism and individual competitiveness that increasingly pervades a society in which, as social solutions recede, individual self-improvement is the only option left."--Back cover.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Cederström, C., & Spicer, A. (2017). Desperately seeking self-improvement: a year inside the optimization movement. New York: OR Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Cederström, Carl, 1980- and André, Spicer. 2017. Desperately Seeking Self-improvement: A Year Inside the Optimization Movement. New York: OR Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Cederström, Carl, 1980- and André, Spicer, Desperately Seeking Self-improvement: A Year Inside the Optimization Movement. New York: OR Books, 2017.

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Cederström, Carl, and André Spicer. Desperately Seeking Self-improvement: A Year Inside the Optimization Movement. New York: OR Books, 2017. Print.

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