Tired Socially – Now and Forever? Review of the Book by Byung-Chol Khan "The Society of Fatigue. Negative Experience in the Era of Excessive Positivity". Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 161 p.

28

Abstract

The reviewed book presents a philosophical view on a number of social and socio-psychological problems of the modern era, a significant part of which is analyzed through the prism of subjective human experiences, including destructive ones. Depression, emotional burnout, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which are widespread today, are, according to the author's position, the natural consequences of an increasing social trend – the imperative of individual achievements characteristic of a society that expects each of its members to comply with the requirements of multitasking and constant acceleration. Such a society naturally replaces open violence against a person with the practice of self–exploitation, and its value guideline is "positivity" (orientation to all positive things), leading to the denial of real social diversity, and eventually to social atomization. The author sees a constructive way out for a person of the "fatigue society" in the need for non-action and conscious contemplation, which immanently imply openness to the world.

General Information

Keywords: achievement society; multitasking; burnout; depression; atomization of social space; fatigue; creative contemplation

Journal rubric: Critique and Bibliography

Article type: review

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/sps.2024150112

Received: 21.02.2024

For citation: Belinskaya E.P. Tired Socially – Now and Forever? Review of the Book by Byung-Chol Khan "The Society of Fatigue. Negative Experience in the Era of Excessive Positivity". Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 161 p.. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2024. Vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 209–214. DOI: 10.17759/sps.2024150112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

References

  1. Han Byung-Chol. Obshchestvo ustalosti. Negativnyi opyt v epokhu chrezmernogo pozitiva [Fatigue Society. Negative experience in the era of excessive positivity]. Pavlov A.V. (eds.). Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 161 p.
  2. Han Byung-Chol. Aromat vremeni. Filosofskoe esse ob iskusstve sozertsaniya [The aroma of time. Philosophical essay on the art of contemplation]. Pavlov A.V. (eds.). Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 192 p.
  3. Han Byung-Chol. Agoniya erosa. Lyubov' i zhelanie v nartsissicheskom obshchestve [The agony of eros. Love and desire in a narcissistic society]. Pavlov A.V. (eds.). Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 162 p.
  4. Han Byung-Chol. Krizis povestvovaniya. Kak neoliberalizm prevratil narrativy v storitelling [Narrative crisis. How neoliberalism turned narratives into storytelling]. Pavlov A.V. (eds.). Moscow: AST Publishing House, 2023. 160 p.

Information About the Authors

Elena P. Belinskaya, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Professor, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3057-5273, e-mail: elena_belinskaya@list.ru

Metrics

Views

Total: 95
Previous month: 59
Current month: 36

Downloads

Total: 28
Previous month: 13
Current month: 15