The Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love One Another and Made Money Instead

The Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love One Another and Made Money Instead

Best-selling author and respected psychologist Sue Gerhardt goes to the heart of the causes of broken Britain
 
Sue Gerhardt has the backing and support of a number of politicians and psychologists including best-selling author Oliver James.

.Extensive publicity and serialisation in major national newspaper.

.Author tour and appearances on Radio, TV, festivals and panels.

Ambitious and wide-ranging, The Selfish Society reveals the vital importance of understanding our early emotional lives, arguing that by focusing on the attention we give to our young children we can create a better society. Open any newspaper, and what do you find? Violence and crime, child abuse and neglect, expenses scandals, addiction, fraud and corruption, environmental melt-down Is Britain indeed broken? How did modern society get to this point? Who is to blame? How can we change? We have come to inhabit a culture of selfish individualism which has confused material well-being with happiness. As society became bigger and more competitive, working life was cut off from child-rearing and the new economics ignored people's emotional needs. We have lived with this culture so long that it is hard to imagine it being any different. Yet we are now at a turning point where the need for change is becoming urgent. If we are to build a more reflective and collaborative society, Gerhardt argues, we need to support the caring qualities that are learnt in early life and integrate them into our political and economic thinking. Inspiring and thought-provoking, The Selfish Society sets out a roadmap to a more positive and compassionate future.

Title:The Selfish Society: How We All Forgot to Love One Another and Made Money Instead
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781847375711
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  • Amanda Copeland

    Came across this author when I read 'Why Love Matters' a favourite book of mine.Sue Gerhardt's polemic is an unusual thing: it not only pinpoints what is wrong, but also suggests ways to put it right....

  • Alan Hughes

    This really is a book of two halves. The first half relating to child-development and the second a political treatise.The first half is well written and well researched. It is lucid and contains a goo...

  • James Perkins

    This book argues that antisocial adults are the clear result of poor quality parenting - no surprises there - but Gerhardt provides the scientific evidence to back her thesis up. There is also researc...

  • Douglas

    A highly knowledgable and passionate account of how parenting in the first two years of a child's life influences the resultant shape of society as a whole as individuals emerge. Without a single stro...

  • Bart

    A warm plea for a stronger ethic of care within family, social and political life. Main focus on the types of parenting and the underestimated and under-supported influence of child-rearing in the fir...

  • Margaret

    Excellent points about the intense need of babies in the first few years and how if this is not met with care and compassion it has repercussions for that person's lifetime and into society. The secon...

  • Jennifer

    I found this book quite hard going but not in the way I expected. I'd found her book "Why Love Matters" to be very dense and unappealing considering my feelings about the subject matter and as this bo...

  • Maggie Hyam

    A interesting read discussing how society has evolved into more selfish/isolated units and how parenting, the coming of capitalism along with progress and more wealth in the west has contributed to it...

  • John

    An interesting read, thought provoking for parents and non-parents alike. Raises some interesting points on the future direction our society could take... Possibly worth a re-read in a few months time...

  • Julia

    Although I largely agree with Sue Gerhardt's idea that as a society we need to nurture children more so that we don't continue on our current uber-selfish track, I found this book a bit simplistic, wo...