Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self

Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self By Dr Jayne Raisborough
‘Be the best you can be’ is the call of self-help books and makeover TV show. It’s ridiculous to argue against self-improvement but it is interesting and important to ask just who is imagined as needing a makeover and what kind of ‘you’ is imagined as the happy result. Drawing on recent sociology and social psychology, this book explores how our cultural imagination is reflected and shaped by self-help books, advertisements and lifestyle TV shows. Each of these imagine an ideal self. By focusing on slummy mummies, headless zombies, living autopsies, and empowered women, Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self argues that ideas about respectable class, appropriate weight and ideal gender are shaping the ways we judge ourselves and others. 
If you feel that you are not communicating well with your significant other I highly recommend Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self. It is an easy read and is very addictive.
recommend it to anyone who wants to read a fast pace, edge of your seat Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self.