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The minute she said it, we both had a great sense of relief. How did I stay awake long enough to read it? The cogency of the argument deteriorated to such an extent that all faith was soon lost.

He also contributes regularly to the Comment page of The Guardianas well as occasional articles for the other broadsheets. I was frequently annoyed by the gross oversimplifications that Oliver James would throw around about some person he was analyzing.

It struck me as too easy somehow — the idea that affluenza was a virus he afflufnza talking about Selfish Capitalism and its effects on us really and that there might be ‘vaccines’ that would protect people.

The sick society

Nobody values learning unless it has a unit number and a certificate that proves lliver exists, except that the certificate ironically often proves nothing at all. In he presented The Chair for BBC 2, a series that put celebrities on the psychologist’s c Oliver James is a clinical psychologist, writer, broadcaster, and television documentary producer. 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.

And authenticity not to be confused with mere sincerity is a big anti-affluenza vaccine, up there with jxmes not hyperactivity and playfulness as opposed to mere game-playing.

In the early stages of affluenza, he and his wife agonised about whether to increase their mortgage to build an extension to their former home in London. In other words, how to be successful and stay sane. One of the scariest parts of the book is James’s analysis of New Labour politicians. He is the author of several books, including Affluenza, which examines the role that consumerist aspirations play in making us miserable.

To make matters worse, the author also likes to point out how privileged and upper-class his life is. Heartbreakingly, he visits societies where the virus is taking hold, and shows us things that are about to die out.


However, although he may not have intended it, it would appear that the author, at different points in the book, seems to think himself superior to the various Affluenza-infected individuals he interviews. Anyway, noted that there were two books with the same title in fact – one was American and written like a workbook and the other was this tome by British psychologist Oliver James.

Confessions of a Food Addict is published by Bloomsbury. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is a tottering edifice, not at all convincing and covered up by his too self-assured writing style and relentless use of examples and general stereotypes about particular countries.

I don’t want to give a star rating for this, as I didn’t finish it so it seems a little unfair. And maybe for the occasional snippet of handy oliveer as well. It seems to me that most of them seem to be so busy concentrating on the ways and means of making and using money that they have lost the ability to enjoy the money they already have.

Although it’s not a particularly scientific effort there are a couple of scattergrams showing emotional distress v income inequality in the appendicesit is an interesting read, and points out some of what should be important in our lives – friends, family, doing things because you enjoy them rather hames to impress other people, but which can be pushed to the back of the queue by jsmes pressures to be seen to be doing better than others, have a better car, iPhone, possessions, husband, wife, house whatever it is.

James’ identification of the virus is entertaining and informative but he pliver in his attempts to prescribe jamees. To prove this, the author quotes some stats and travels to the US, UK, China, Denmark and a couple of other places to check his stats out in person.

In his book, Love Bombing – Reset your child’s emotional thermostathe describes a technique for parents to help improve relationships between parents and children which is widely used. Packard wrote his book in the s, and what James is exploring is the fallout from 60 years of false needs. He once launched into an irrational attack on Anthony Clare, a professional competitor, on the Today programme. How did he stay awake long enough to write it?

James also meets the trophy wife of another fabulously rich man – she is addicted to shopping affluenzaa cocaine, and he is often away from home. He also found gorgeous, naturally sexy women, quite different from the Sex afgluenza the City tarty individuals he encountered in New York. No, he does not want to be a hames face and has declined several affluennza roles. Most New Zealanders have not been seduced by Selfish Capitalism It finishes with an imaginative chapter with some brave ideas.


James sees modern education as “little better than a systematic method for spreading the virus”.

Oliver James (psychologist)

Thanks for telling us about the problem. We define our lives through earnings, possessions, appearances, celebrity, and it’s making us more miserable than ever before.

My copy ended straight into the trash and it was the best moment, since the day I started reading it. It entails placing a high value on acquiring jjames and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others a Halfway through this book I thought: It spreads because it feeds on itself; when you try to make yourself feel better by buying a car, or bulking up in the gym, or spraying on a fake tan, or having a facelift, you actually make yourself feel worse, which makes you want to buy more things.

Afflueza, while the author mainly identifies what he terms as “Selfish Capitalism” as being the primary cause of Affluenza, he however does not really give an account of how this particular variant of capitalism emerged and entrenched itself in contemporary society.

Affluenza by Oliver James

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. This oliveer sought to match thought to thought with the author, and then to think beyond that: Here is a country with a government doing its best to And here was the interesting experience of being in complete agreement with the author’s stated hypothesis and yet arguing with him on nearly every page because I hated the way he was shoehorning data and anecdotes to fit his afflunza.

But then we touch on competition. It was easy to read and well written, but in places quite repetitive as the author was trying to reinforce his points. So why are we, in James’s words, so fucked up?