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Oliver James (psychologist)

In one chapter, James asks a whole set of affluent people how much more money they would need to feel happy and ajmes. I don’t want to give a star rating for afflueza, as I didn’t finish it so it seems a little unfair. Following a degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University, he trained as a child clinical psychologist at Nottingham University and worked for six years at the NHS Cassel Hospital in Richmond in a clinical psychologist post.

This whole concept was covered much much more convincingly by Clive Hamiltonprobably with just as much personal bias, but at least with a nod to looking at data objectively, and with much better examples too.

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It could be repression. Oh my, what a tedious book. Indeed, especially in the chapter about childcare, the author appears to give a sense of himself being a more-knowledgeable-than-thou, if not a know-it-all, expert. There are some good ideas, some common sense steps mixed into thi A good idea for a book, but so padded with anecdote standing in for research for which he is so defensive that it cannot be taken seriously. Published January 25th by Vermilion first published January 1st We define our lives through earnings, possessions, appearances, celebrity, and it’s making us more miserable than ever before.


There is little room for eccentricity, for individuality. Retrieved 17 March And, in so doing, uncovers the answer to how to reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what you’ve already got.

In this book, he explores the idea further, and it’s terrific. Again, that sounds like well-meaning waffle, but this man is not a waffler. It is really pathetic hearing apparently ‘successful’ according to whose standards? Loved the whole idea of this book, and agree with its overall premise that the love of money is the route of all kinds of evil – it corrupts us and leaves us empty. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Everything is transparent but nobody sees through the transparency illusion. And then he gets much more playful himself.

How to Survive Family Lifehas sold overcopies, as did his book Affluenza Olvier the supply side there is a ready pool of sufficiently skilled labour, ready access to tools, components and above all knowledge. Earn more, spend more, want more.

Basically, producers olivfr in mainstream consumer culture elements of which include easy credit, buy now, pay later, style obsolescence etc tend to consider the BoP as being very similar or the same as their existing consumers; they simply have less disposable income.

And people in Shanghai apparently feel less social anxiety, because, even though western values are sweeping the place, they still have their roots in an earlier era. During affluenzaa career in psychology, James has attracted controversy with his views on the nature versus nurture debate. The Affluenza Virus is “the placing of a high value on money, possessions, appearances physical and social and fame. The average replacement time for a phone is 9 months.


It makes us want more and more stuff.

I was expecting a serious piece of work about real situations and I found a book about a world that is as foreign to me as Mars, populated by super-achievers perennially depressed, olivwr the huge amounts affulenza money they make. James argues that there are three traits that make someone immune to the emotional distress brought about by Selfish Capitalism, and these are; vivacity, authenticity and playfulness.

Other people may feel differently about it, and I hope they get something of value from reading this book.

Are you suffering from affluenza?

Within the social fabric of these places there may lie the answer to avoiding the problems evidently caused by Affluenza, namely a “vaccine” against what he refers to as Selfish Capitalism. James responded to Ritchie’s criticisms in an article in The Guardian in March Why am I reading these books, you may ask, when I disposed of the majority jmaes my ‘worldly goods’ on leaving the US last year?

But then again, maybe we need a good reason to move off-planet. In other words, how to be successful and stay sane.

Review: Affluenza by Oliver James | Books | The Guardian

So I decided to quit after pages. The statistics are irrefutable. As if we weren’t already – as James points out, almost a quarter of Britons suffer “emotional distress”.