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• Shows how the extraordinary growth of capitalism, technology, and media interact and become additive factors to the loss of self-control
• Defines the underlying cause of declining self-control as cultural narcissism, which leads to excessive risk taking
• Explains how the compromises made in adapting to intense economic competition lead to a false sense of self and reality
• Connects the rise of cultural excess to a decline in critical thinking and analysis that fosters an avoidance of data, numbers, and math
• Numerous vignettes and case studies illustrate the major themes of the book
• Dozens of research citations at the end of each chapter
• An extensive bibliography referencing 75 professional journals and 48 books
• A comprehensive index
"When The Culture of ExcesS≪/i> was first offered to me to review, my first thought was am I the right person for this book? It only took me a few minutes and pages to realize that I would be fine for this book because I found the book was so much more than what I had expected. Dr. J. R. Slosar for me, most importantly, wrote this book in a way that made it easy to follow and understand. His goal seemed, in some ways, not far off from what I had been trying to do in a classroom as a teacher for the last few years prior to my retirement, and that was to get those young people to understand that their self-indulgence was very harmful to them as well as society as a whole. . . . The Culture of ExcesS≪/i> is a thought provoking must-read for those who want a better life and society for themselves and their children and want to be part of a 'We' Society at last!"-
"This book, written by a clinical psychologist offers a different perspective, which makes it stand out in this now-crowded genre of literature. Slosar provides an interesting examination of the psychological and social influences that affect us as a culture, setting up circumstances that made our clamor for money outpace our collective common sense. The prose is thoughtful, but not necessarily sanguine that we might not make the same mistakes again if given a chance."-
Reference & Research Book News
"Meticulously researched…written in a marvelously readable, breezy style…I heartily recommend this excellent book, and would recommend it for chapter 5 along, but it's all a really great read!"-
"Dr. Slosar gives us the perspective of the discipline of psychology, both as applied to individuals and as applied to our culture…Dr. Slosar shows us why addressing our cultural narcissism must be an integral part of achieving health care justice for all."-
Physicians for a National Health Program
At the very least, this book should be required reading for every MBA candidate.
It is a must read for anyone who recognizes that there is something very wrong out there, but not sure just what it is or what to do about it.
J.R. Slosar's book, "The Culture of Excess," provides a penetrating account of the psychological state of our society at this time.
When I began to read The Culture of Excess, I was very interested to see how the author was going to handle such a broad reaching and (usually) ill defined topic. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Diane R. Smith
J.R. Slosar's book, "The Culture of Excess," provides a penetrating account of the psychological state of our society at this time. Read morePublished on November 3, 2010 by Brad Smith
"Wake up call" and "Call to Action" are just two of the many wonderful descriptions I have for this most magnificent book. Read morePublished on August 10, 2010 by jshapan
I really wish I hadn't bought this book. It's just not very good, in large part because the author commits some of the same sins he accuses his targets of committing. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Esther K. Buddenhagen
The analysis that Dr. Slosar provides is both insightful and highly educational. His thorough and penetrating examination of our current narcissistic culture, combined with... Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Judith E. Strauss
In The Culture Of Excess, J.R. Slosar defines how modern culture is based on the personality traits of narcissism and the loss of self-control, and how this emphasis on personal... Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Sandra Kirkland
When I thought of reviewing THE CULTURE OF EXCESS, my first thought was am I the right person for this book? Read morePublished on January 15, 2010 by Bingo-Karen Haney
In The Culture of Excess, Dr. Slosar set out to talk about the over indulgent self centered issues that plague us a people, and in the process hit upon one of the greatest issues... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by A. Visser