Technology, commodity and pathology

Authored by: China Mills

Handbook of Critical Psychology

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781848722187
eBook ISBN: 9781315726526
Adobe ISBN: 9781317537182


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Do you fantasize about power and attractiveness, and exaggerate your own achievements? Then there’s a chance you might suffer from ‘narcissistic personality disorder’. Do you have a strong need to be cared for by others? Then you may well have ‘dependent personality disorder’. Pharmaceutical companies advertise psychotropic drugs that will restore your self to itself and make you feel more like yourself again; reality TV show competitions offer record label prizes, but it’s not just your voice that counts – it’s about your personality; and makeover shows give you back your personality through styled hair and new clothes. This is a personality that can be categorized and tested, as it often is within education and job selection, and it is a personality that the psy-disciplines tells us can be disordered – ‘paranoid’, ‘borderline’, ‘avoidant’, or ‘multiple’ – to name but a few. So if drugs can restore it and we can win competitions with it – what is this thing called ‘personality’?

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