Does personal development really mean good to us?
Can the individual be made 100% responsible for his destiny?
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By: Amélie Beaucour
There are more and more books devoted to personal development on the shelves of bookstores and libraries.
Books that promise us a form of well-being and encourage us to become a better individual.
It appears in the background an injunction issued to each of us: “if we want, we can”.
The individual is made 100% responsible for his destiny, his job, his health ... Can we read a political ideology advocating the exploitation of oneself by oneself?
, author of
Against personal development
(Rue de l'hiquier, 2021)
, historian, history and geography teacher at the Lycée Louise Michel in Bobigny in the Paris region.
History of Happiness in France since 1945
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, our correspondent in Seoul, South Korea, on nunchi, a 5,000-year-old concept, still extremely present in Korean society and often presented by the Western press as the secret of community happiness.
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