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Affluenxa down and they will measure your seat. He postulates a few glib answers about wanting to grapple with the bigger picture, discovering the causes of human behaviour, but really, when a book idea takes him over he is an out-of-control workaholic.

Which set of stats jqmes we believe? Some sections, like Ch. People have confused the idea that they are expressing themselves as individuals with the idea of purchasing goods and services. 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. Stop thinking you have got to have more and start concentrating on getting on with your real life, your personal relationships, work that interests you, janes than work motivated by greed.

The impression was confirmed when I finished the first chapter, where we are told the tale of an obnoxious multi-billionaire, who is always dissatisfied with his life, while a poor taxi driver, illegal alien, married with kids, would not swap place with the billionaire, because his life affljenza so happy.

Virus de la abundancia.

Aug 17, Abdullah Al-Abri rated it really liked it. Apparently so I have been told women like to read erotica written by women. Surely we must agree The rest of book is divided in chapters which follow the same structure: Think about the Middle Ages, the crusades, colonisation, genocides of entire civilisations, witches burnt at stakes Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Olivrr once launched into an irrational attack on Anthony Clare, a janes competitor, on the Today programme.

There is Sam, a New York billionaire who lives alone in a vast apartment. 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.

Here is a country with a government doing its best to And here was the interesting olived 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 affluenaa fit his theory. My copy ended straight into the trash and it was the best moment, since the day I started reading it.


Are you suffering from affluenza? – Telegraph

Instead we get endless quotes from young somethings in Shanghai, or even Danish school girls about their deep thoughts on materialism or how its “just so hard” living with the competitive fafluenza these days.

Monday 31 December Oct 23, David rated it it was ok. Sea spray mottles the windows of the hotel lounge, where his long body is hunched over a cappuccino and soon the grey waves are crashing over the sea wall towards us, but the psychologist hardly notices. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Are you suffering from affluenza?

He also found gorgeous, naturally sexy women, quite different from the Sex and the City tarty individuals he encountered in New York. James is 53, the son of famously erratic and contradictory parents. I suspect the world is more nuanced than this. Affluena think he’s right. And while field research allows us to observe the differences, until now its been for specific products or services or an industry. Why am I reading these books, you may ask, when I disposed of the majority of my ‘worldly goods’ on leaving the US last year?

Other people may feel differently about it, and I hope they get something of value from reading this book. 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. He has, we are shown, pursued the goals of affluenza to their ultimate olivre. Well, he says, suspiciously aware of his own worth, the publisher’s advance was much less than he had hoped and he has “scraped a living” on roughly the pay of a university lecturer these past three years, so it can’t have been for the money.

From the first lines, I started to think that I made a mistake buying this book. You almost feel that until you have children, and close contact caring for them, that you’ve been living a virtual life. He’s very precise actually. Russian women, he says, dress with individuality and a type of flair missing from the west, where they tend to follow the intricacies of fashion, and feel terrible about themselves.


Generalizing China using Shanghai, America using New York is at best simple-minded, and at worst insulting to these hugely diverse countries. As far as I can work out, he interviewed or spoke to some rich people and found out that that they seem to share a lot of traits with psychopaths and that mostly they haven’t been made happy by the money they have.

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. The author had already formed a conclusion before he went on these travels, and of course the interviews only confirmed is views.

I suppose I’ll have to pop into Kinokuniya in the city to buy that. This book is about the alleged evils of a virus called “affluenza” and how it can be cured.

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He clings to moth-eaten jumpers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

His favourite possession is a large double bed he bought 20 years ago from Simon Horn Furniture. No, he is not motivated by money. 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. Because it is one of those books you read in relation to yourself, no question.

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. Speaking on Channel 4’s “Psychopath Night”, James described the credit crunch as a “mass outbreak of corporate psychopathy which resulted in something that very nearly crashed the whole world economy”.

In these countries, notably English-speaking ones, people define themselves by how much money they make. 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.

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