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In fact, he returned with an unwieldy travelogue running to hundreds of thousands of words that had to be rewritten when a friend pointed out that it was sexist, biased, jingoistic and much too long. He likes things for their aesthetic value rather than because other people have them.

We go through his point questionnaire designed to identify those infected with affluenza. The rest of book is divided in chapters which follow the same structure: Think of Olive Mandelson, who said: And then affluennza tells us why this is the case, and what we can do about it.

Retrieved from ” https: Open Preview See a Problem? It’s a reminder to not worry too much about the material things in life, although everyone needs to have at least their basic needs met, which is not happening for too many people right now, but that’s a different story altogether So overall, the book has one argument that he has piled high and tried to olivwr everything to.


Now we are obsessed jwmes what other people think of us, and we’ve lost touch with our own feelings.

affluenzs If Oliver James is suffering from what he calls “affluenza” — a depressive middle-class sickness brought on by social and material envy — then he has the symptoms well under control. Sep 11, Donal Keady rated it liked it.

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View all 12 comments. Olievr, as defined by James, is clearly recognisable as our way of life. In his book Britain on the Couch, Oliver James asserted that “advanced capitalism makes money out of misery and dissatisfaction, as if it were encouraging us to fill up the psychic void with material goods”.

We can’t do without the word ‘skills’ any more. And I felt that he had very little sympathy for the people he interviewed for the anecdotes, even though he thought their problems came from their upbringing. Do I want arfluenza be rich?

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He’s very precise actually. The first part of the book quotes various stats that demonstrate that GDP for a whole country does not correlate with levels of happiness for that same country. This would be a great book if it were no more than pages of a thoughtful critique of modern consumerist society.

How to Survive Family Lifehas sold overcopies, as did his book Affluenza His narrow diagnosis of the big v Virus of selfish capitalism rolls all of the world’s ills to one doorstep here in the US.

So the value propositions of the products, services, programs introduced for lower income markets, particularly in the developing world, are still based on elements of the value aflfuenza prevalent in global consumer culture. In his book, How to Develop Emotional Healthhe cites five key elements of good emotional health – insightfulness, living in the present, fluid ‘two-way’ relationships, authenticity and playfulness.


James is 53, the son affluenzs famously erratic and contradictory parents.

Oliver James (psychologist)

So why are we, in James’s words, so fucked up? On the supply side there is affljenza ready pool of sufficiently skilled labour, ready access to tools, components and above all knowledge.

I started off loving this book but by about half way through I changed my mind. OK, he admits, he is probably “as boring and earnest as I ever was” but, as a father, he’s bound to be more real than the virus-infected marketing types, Machiavellians and chameleons who, he notes, don’t spend very much time with their children.

I was disabused of this notion when I discovered that said author is not Jamie Oliver Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

In addition, talking about “Virus” and “infected” makes it sound that there is nothing you can do about your distress because it is a “disease” that “happens” to you for which the author helpfully provides “vaccines”. Oliver James is a clinical psychologist, writer, broadcaster, and television documentary producer.