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by Oliver James

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ISBN:
0091900107
ISBN13:
978-0091900106
Author:
Oliver James
Publisher:
Vermilion; 1st ed edition (January 25, 2007)
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400 pages
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1845 kb
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Rating:
4.7

Oliver James's Affluenza shows how wealth and misery go hand in hand, says William Leith.

Oliver James's Affluenza shows how wealth and misery go hand in hand, says William Leith. In this book, he explores the idea further, and it's terrific. A lot of readers, wanting to put their finger on why the affluent world they live in makes them so uneasy, will want to cheer. And then he tells us why this is the case, and what we can do about it.

Oliver James writes with great observation and thoughtfulness. This is not a book to be read cover to cover in minimal time. This reader sought to match thought to thought with the author, and then to think beyond that: an interesting exercise in itself, yet a worry latent with wondering just how many people are actually This book could usefully be subtitled ‘Consumerism and why it’s bad for us and bad for Society’. But that would not be nearly as neat, eye-catching and memorable as ‘Affluenza’.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period.

Oliver James is a clinical psychologist, writer, broadcaster, and television documentary producer. He frequently broadcasts on radio and acts as a pundit on television. He is the author of several books, including Affluenza, which examines the role that consumerist aspirations play in making us miserable. In 1997 he presented The Chair for BBC 2, a series that put celebrities on the psychologist's couch, and in which Peter Mandelson famously shed a tear.

Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading

Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading. Cities he visited include Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Shanghai, and in each place he interviewed several groups of people in the hope of finding out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase the strength of one's emotional immune system

There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions.

There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. Cities he visited include Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Shanghai, and in each place he interviewed several groups of people in the hope of finding.

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Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1987, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F You Up and Britain on the Couch, which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. He is a trustee of two children's charities- the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.

There is currently an epidemic of 'affluenza' throughout the world - an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses - that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, bestselling author Oliver James travelled around the world to try and find out why. He discovered how, despite very different cultures and levels of wealth, affluenza is spreading. Cities he visited include Sydney, Singapore, Moscow, Copenhagen, New York and Shanghai, and in each place he interviewed several groups of people in the hope of finding out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase the strength of one's emotional immune system. He asks: why do so many more people want what they haven't got and want to be someone they're not, despite being richer and freer from traditional restraints? 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 other words, how to be successful and stay sane.
Reviews:
  • Skillet
A great work
  • Darksinger
A valuable reality-check for many us. Well written and researched.
  • Jockahougu
Honestly I could not read the whole book. It starts with a shocking account of "a heartless bankier" - a friend of a friend. I could not believe that a "compassionate" psychologist could jump to such elaborate denigrating conclusions on a human being after seeing this person very briefly. The book is just full of contempts, shallow platitudes of a person brought up by psychoanalysts and who became a psychoanalyst himself. Completely out of touch, white-and-black perspective on naturally complex and diverse issues. Thanks god psychoanalysis is dead and becoming eradicated from universities and hospitals. Mr. James - life is far more complicated than psychoanalytic theory you obsessively adhere everything to! This is naive if not cruel perspective to have on human beings. Very sad reading.
  • Akirg
Many people will roll their eyes at Oliver James's first two case studies: he compares the case of Sam, a billionaire New Yorker who lives in a five floor (one bedroom) appartment in Manhattan, sleeps with perfect Russian models that are specially procured for him and is miserable, with that of Chet - an amiable, Nigerian taxi driver living in the same city, earning a thousand times Sam's income, frequently assaulted by his passengers and with long term health problems. Chet, for all this, is happier than Sam.

As a well known actress once remarked, I've been poor and miserable and rich and miserable, rich is better. Is it? James chronicles the lives of a number of people living in what he terms 'selfish capitalist' countries - the USA, the UK and Australia who despite their vast reserves of wealth compared to most of the world's population, suffer from mental anquish of some sort.

He undoubtedly has a case. So many of my friends and colleagues in London are doing jobs they intrinsically hate just because of the money (i.e banking) or status (i.e publishing) attached to them. The happiest people, are those who monitor their intrinsic emotional state and shape their lives around things are important to them - work that absorbs them, hobbies, family life.

James also points out that the affluenza virus is rife. But we hardly needed him to tell us that. Posters, billboards, glossy pictures: in the newspapers, on public transport, on television and amongst our political classes who constantly assail us with exhortions to achieve, and sieze opportunity.

It is a telling state of affairs in society when the architect of New Labour delcares that they are 'seriously relaxed' about people becoming filthy rich, and the daughter of a man very close to the heart of the New Labour project attempts suicide.

Mental problems, addiction, unhappiness are all increased since the far more austere 1950s. Something has changed since the sexual revolution, the pulse of society is different, and not all for the better. Women are probably affected worse than men. Many postpone having children, often for ever, to work in a high powered corporate ladder job in a twisted realisation of the 1960s feminist ideal. Few are genuinely fulfilled by this.

Men have their problems too. James interviews a middle aged lawyer who says his sole aim in life can be summarized thus: work, educate the kids, pay for my daughter's wedding, die. And this for a man born of soul? Of creative capacity? Supposedly to the heights of prosperous living?

No, something is very wrong here. Which is why I believe James's book deserves close reading. (You will have to get over the style, which occasionally grates in a taxi driver telling you what's good for you guv type way)

It is, of course, impossible to write a book about this topic and not receive a hostile reception. As is always the case when rich and/or successful people profess egalitarian sentiments. Witness some of the reviews - media tart! hypocrite! I bet he has his book published by a capitalist publisher! (actually, James predicts these criticisms and deftly addresses them at the start of the book).
  • Puchock
I really enjoyed reading this book; I found it informative and entertaining. It provides you with a global view of affluenza. Anyone who is interested in global sociology would enjoy this book. The style in which this book is written makes you feel as though Oliver James is perched in the armchair opposite you, and you're having a conversation, about modern day society. As you read it , you nod your head and speak out loud words such as "really" and "wow, I never knew that, that's interesting"

As a person who has spent far too much time and money shopping, reading this book has already saved me money. It helps the reader re-evaluate their spending habits back to a 1990's approach to "Do I really need this".

In 2007, we live in a society where it's assumed that we are entitled to own all these things that really make no difference to our quality of life. As a consumer who has lived on both sides of the tracks I think James has a valid point.

I mean really, I remember reading something once that said the only people who care about how expensive your car or jeans are the people who don't know you. That is so true.

More books need to be written examining this issue.

If you know anyone who is suffering from credit card debt, do them a favour buy him or her this book, it will help them to see their purchases in a different way. I'm glad this book was written. Well Done.