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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Affluenza by Oliver James. Affluenza by Oliver James. 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 There affleunza 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.
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 afluenza in the hope of finding out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase the strength olived one’s emotional immune system.
And, in so doing, uncovers the answer to how to reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what you’ve already got.
Affluenza by Oliver James
In other words, how to affluenaz successful and stay sane. Hardcoverpages. Published January 25th by Vermilion first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Affluenzaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I’ve given this book five stars in the names, although when I was two-thirds of the way through it wasn’ t going to get anything like that from me.
There were two reasons for my misgivings. First, it was the metaphor. It struck me as too easy somehow — the idea that affluenza was a virus he is talking about Selfish Capitalism and its effects on us really and that there might be ‘vaccines’ that would protect people. It struck me as a typical psychologist’s way of marketing another TV-friendly theo I’ve given this book five stars in the end, although when I was two-thirds of the way through it wasn’ t going to get anything like that from me.
It struck me as a typical psychologist’s way of marketing another TV-friendly theory. Second, it was the lengthy case studies, which started to weary me slightly.
Oliver James spends a couple of years of his life well, it felt like that long — perhaps it wasn’t really talking to people in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, China, Russia, Denmark – and there may have been other countries – I’m not quite sure now – about their affluenza symptoms and their life styles. I still think he spends too much time doing the case studies, because he nearly lost me. The book, which was at the side of my bed, sat there stuck in New Zealand until I had to travel for work purposes, which meant a window of time I don’t usually have.
Also a good night’s sleep which I don’t usually have time for either: The Affluenza Virus is “the placing of a high value on money, possessions, appearances physical and social and fame. We can’t do without the word ‘skills’ any more. Skills are everything and we can measure them in units of study.
Anyway, we seem to have an education system which is full of dissatisfied teachers and learners. Everybody is being measured. Sit down and they will measure your seat. Everything is transparent but nobody sees through the transparency illusion. Nobody values learning unless it has a unit number and a certificate that proves it exists, except that the certificate ironically often proves nothing at all.
Sorry, back to the book. James talks about the imbalance between our wants and our needs. Our needs he lists as four: The need to feel autonomous – masters of our destinies to some degree.
The USA is by far the most afflicted. A culture is more likely to be affected by ‘the virus’ in direct proportion to the degree it is influenced by America: The symptoms are measured in distress: He is really interesting on China, where the people he interviews are strongly dominated by consumerist, materialistic live styles but they are not actually distressed. He isn’t quite sure. It could be repression. It could be a factor immunising them against symptoms. It could be the way the Chinese regard distress: Basically, affluence is bad for us.
It makes us want more and more stuff. And in order to stay affluent, we have to persuade people that the stuff they want is also what they really NEED because that’s what makes economies work, which makes people affluent. In one chapter, James asks a whole set of affluent people how much more money they would need to feel happy and secure.
The people asked are on very different income levels, but they all respond in the same way. Approximately one third more.
So hey — what would you say? Because it is one of those books you read in relation to yourself, no question. And it’s terribly topical. As the credit crunch crunches onwards, it is reassuring to read that the prospect of NOT selling your house to move up the property ladder could be your healthiest decision yet.
He talks about intrinsic values and the need to find them. Again, that sounds like well-meaning waffle, but this man is not a waffler. He’s very precise actually. He suggests that even in your workplace, you may be able to work out which bits you enjoy most and concentrate your energies on those, not on the bits that will lead to approval or promotion — because that will minimise your distress. Near the end of the book, he talks about playfulness as one of the important human qualities, one of the antidote things to distress.
Are you suffering from affluenza? – Telegraph
And then he gets much more playful himself. He made me laugh several times quietly, you understand, not huge guffaws. I loved it when he jamws really dangerous and laid into Tony Blair and New Labour.
I loved his discussion of “gender rancour” and the need to get real.
If you end up with a man who does not ring your bell five times a night, then it is not the end of the bloody world.
The statistics are irrefutable. Throw out the telly. Especially the manifesto that suggests that “following their election, all Members of Parliament would have to spend two weeks caring full-time for a two-year-old. View all 12 comments. Feb 15, Jafar rated it it was ok. Halfway through this book I thought: I checked the names, and both books have the same author. It entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others a Halfway through this book I thought: It entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous.
Jan 29, Huyen rated it did not like it Shelves: But I find this book annoying, full of endless boring anecdotal interviews, confirming what he already decides from the start instead of serious rigorous research.
I also suspect he secretly pities his interview subjects instead of feeling compassion for them. I suspect the world is more nuanced than this. So I decided to quit after pages. Many times, he mistakes correlation and causation, for example: It is full of over-simplifying generalizations like this.
I am also very sceptical of some aspects of his analysis of the Chinese culture to explain why they can be materialistic without being so depressed.
Generalizing China using Shanghai, America using New York is at best simple-minded, and at worst insulting to these hugely diverse countries.
Also lacking is an account of how this virulent form of Selfish Capitalism arose and what social changes it has brought about. I think happiness jamds a wobbly overrated concept and there should be higher values to our life rather than our own happiness. There should be objective ideals such as compassion, justice, adventure and truth that we should work towards and happiness comes as a by-product of such pursuits. Jul 14, Dannii Elle rated it liked it Shelves: This book details the virus of ‘affluenza’ that haunts the modern-day individual.
The selfish capitalist societies we belong to have honed in on our ever-increasing desire for the material and use this to their own monetary advantage and our own emotional entrapment. I found myself agreeing with much of the boo This book details the virus of ‘affluenza’ that haunts the modern-day individual.
I found myself agreeing with much of the book’s beginning section, which detailed the virus giving affluensa examples from across the globe. Whilst this was a little repetitive in nature it was still an interesting read.