Affluenza

Affluenza 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

  • Title: Affluenza
  • Author: Oliver James
  • ISBN: 9780091900113
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ofThere 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 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.

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    1. 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.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 [...]

    2. Halfway through this book I thought: Why does this guy remind me of the guy who wrote They F*** You Up? I checked the names, and both books have the same author. I don’t have a good memory for authors’ names; otherwise, I wouldn’t have picked up this book given how much I didn’t like the other one. “The Affluenza Virus is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to emotional distress. It entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes o [...]

    3. I set out reading this book already believing what he tries to say, that materialism is bad and doesn’t fulfil you. 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. This book is a yawn-fest with this tirade of “rich people are horrible, selfish, greedy, materialistic, unhappy workaho [...]

    4. 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. humanity's future is envisioned in all its monstrous bleakness here, unless we begin to accept our condition and learn to control our shallow impulses and derogatory treatment of the self.I found myself agreeing with much of the boo [...]

    5. Affluenza promised to be a much more thought-provoking read than delivered. In honesty, I picked up the book as likely already a convert to the ideas which James is attempting to present in the work - as my role as 'choir member' I merely expected to be perhaps entertained by the sermon. Unfortunately, the book relies far too heavily upon James' own personal opinions about the differences between nations and upon anecdotes of people which he met during his world tour. So, the work ends up soundi [...]

    6. This book is about the alleged evils of a virus called "affluenza" and how it can be cured. According to the author, the English speaking world is swept by this terrible virus. The most infected are also the most affluent. It is a relief to think that the richer you are the more likely you will be to catch this horrible virus. I am in no danger whatsoever and from the first lines, I am starting to think that I might have made a mistake buying this book. The impression is confirmed by reading on [...]

    7. 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 theory.Best example: "the advent of Selfish Capitalism in New Zealand might have destroyed immunity to the Virusis does not seem to have happened Most New Zealanders have not been seduced by Selfish Capitalism Here is a country with a government doing its best to infect its [...]

    8. 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’.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 [...]

    9. I read this book back in 2008, when I was busily running around trying to do everything at work, not really succeeding, and not having time to do much else either. Although it's not a particularly scientific effort (there are a couple of scattergrams showing emotional distress v income inequality in the appendices), it 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 than to impress other people, bu [...]

    10. A good idea for a book, but so padded with anecdote standing in for research (for which he is so defensive) that it cannot be taken seriously. 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). But his chapters on the US rely entirely on New York City as his measure for American culture and values. Which is ridiculous and insulting to the nation as a whole. There are some good ideas, some common sense steps mixed into thi [...]

    11. Loved the whole idea of this book, and agree with its overall premise that the love of money is the route of all kinds of evil - it corrupts us and leaves us empty. This book encouraged me to ignore the lure of possessions and to focus on relationships.

    12. This book provides a thought-provoking, candid, incisive and insightful account of how, plagued by consumerism and materialism, individuals living in contemporary society, especially those living in countries which are English-speaking or have been influenced by Americanisation, are experiencing or have become especially susceptible to emotional/psychological distress or dissatisfaction.This, as the author argues, is a result of people becoming fixated with pursuing external/material goals for t [...]

    13. (2.5 stars)The author makes some interesting observations, and some of the real people that he interviews are truly disturbed and disturbing. As the title suggests, the author compares the relentless (but ultimately empty) pursuit of material posessions to a contagious disease, "Affluenza". He takes this idea further by observing how certain countries and societies are less affected by this disease. Within the social fabric of these places there may lie the answer to avoiding the problems eviden [...]

    14. Read this book.Been waiting to read this book for a couple of months after requesting it from the library. Was initially inspired to read it by Radio 4's 'Book Club' and dallied with the idea of buying it, but after reading the blurb in a bookshop, I decided borrowing it would be the most authentic option. After all that, I saw it in a charity shop in Forest Hill for £1 and had to get it.What a refreshing read. James argues that there are three traits that make someone immune to the emotional d [...]

    15. I don't want to give a star rating for this, as I didn't finish it so it seems a little unfair. But in spite of generally agreeing with the idea of Affluenza (have read similar books by Hamilton/Dennis and one based on a US tv series), I just didn't like the author's style. He quotes statistics, but then draws unsupported conclusions from them. I felt like writing "correlation doesn't equal causation!" in the margins every time he made sweeping generalisations based on anecdotes or tiny details [...]

    16. I found all the author's interviews and travels around the globe so enlightening!!! It is really pathetic hearing apparently 'successful' (according to whose standards? Who benefits from setting and maintaining them?) people talking about their ineffably miserable lives It is, also, deeply sad that some of us have been tricked into believing that money and prestige among our peers is the real aim of LIFE (instead of just living in as much harmony with them). I wonder, how hollow life should feel [...]

    17. I started off loving this book but by about half way through I changed my mind. It started to read a little like a sociology essay written by a sixth form student. The same point being made over and over and over and over, shaping evidence to fit the brief and ignoring many other important factors that cause "emotional distress" in modern life. Towards the end of the book the Author started to apologise for being condescending it didn't need to be pointed out he could also of apologised for bein [...]

    18. Quite profound ideas I read the first few chapters with huge interest, but skim read the rest. The author seems to already formed an opinion, and I feel that he over-generalised alot of his 'research' findings. He interviewed a few people from one city, and then formed some sort of stereotype idea of that particular city or country based on those interviewees. I still enjoy reading his ideas though.

    19. هذا الكتاب اكثر ما نحتاج الى فهمه هذه الايام الكتاب يتحدث عن الرفاهية في عالم البشر وكيف لشئ يمكن ان يكون رفاهية للبعض واساسي لاخرين ويعطي تحاليل ودراسات من دول عديدة حول نفس الموضوع

    20. Apparently, if you're a Westerner you want to be rich and famous and have more possessions than your neighbour. Whilst I found this an intriguing read, I thought it was a load of tosh.

    21. Oh my, what a tedious book. How did he stay awake long enough to write it? How did I stay awake long enough to read it? A 2000-word essay would have done it.

    22. The title caught my eye in the local Borders the other day - I'd gone to look for Zakaria's Post American World which they still can't find any. I suppose I'll have to pop into Kinokuniya in the city to buy that. 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. 's reviews are more or less what I'd expected, and it looks as though I might consider going back to pick [...]

    23. I spent the first half of this book imagining the writer of this book to be young(ish), with curly blond hair and a roguish look about him.I was disabused of this notion when I discovered that said author is not Jamie Oliver but Oliver James It's peculiar how my experience of what I read is altered by how I imagine the author looks.Apparently (so I have been told) women like to read erotica written by women. This makes you (me) wonder how many slinky sounding erotica writers with obviously made [...]

    24. The more I reflect on Oliver James’ ‘Affluenza’ the more it pisses me off. Initially I was hooked. The case studies and relevant research (references of which are listed in a separate book) form a lively narrative and James discusses the titular ‘virus’ with humour and just the right level of objectivity (initially). Affluenza as a concept isn't brand spanking new – everyone knows money and status are usualy fleeting and hollow goals – but at least this book doesn't promise anythin [...]

    25. According to the author of this popular psychology book, ‘affluenza’ is a psychological virus stalking the world. Its symptoms are depression and other emotional distress, which are now of higher prevalence than they have ever been. The cause is the version of capitalism that most Western countries, and many others nowadays, subscribe to. Basically the sufferers want too much in the way of material goods, and haven’t sorted out their emotional or spiritual needs (I mean spiritual in the no [...]

    26. This would be a great book if it were no more than 200 pages of a thoughtful critique of modern consumerist society.There are several things that bothered me about this book:- Constant talk about "the Virus", "infected", and "vaccines". I get it, the "Affluenza" title is clever (I really think it is), but that's where all the virus references should stop. 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 [...]

    27. Aside from the rather eye-catching title and a smattering of somewhat related evidence, Oliver seems like someone who genuinely believes in what he writes. From the mundanely conducted interviews to his blanket generalizations, he is a man who firmly believes that this plague will eventually jeopardize and decompose modern emotional well being from the inside out. The problem lies with what he believes in and how he conveys it.While initially convincing and riveting, readers would soon realize t [...]

    28. I found this book infuriating to the point that it often put me in a bad mood while reading it. Amazing really - given that I wholeheartedly agree with the central idea of the book, which is that, many societies (largely focused on Western society, although China and Singapore were heavily featured to)are overly obsessed with material wealth, fame, and status (appearance to others) to the exclusion of all else in life, including health, happiness and long term sustainability of the planet/ human [...]

    29. An interesting central idea, but the delivery was spoiled by the author's pompous style, unscientific analysis, outdated knowledge of psychiatry, and completely unrealistic solutions. He travelled round the world, chatting to a few people in each country he visited, and then bases his whole assessment of that country on his conclusions. I was somewhat relieved to do the quiz at the beginning and discover at I almost don't have affluenza: I only failed on the question about hiding the signs of ag [...]

    30. Money can't buy happiness, is a truism (although some disagree). Oliver James sets out to show how consumerism or affluenza makes us deeply unhappy as a people. Essentially it breaks down like this, the more we have and the more we're encouraged to have the more likely we are to end up depressed and the more likely it is that our relationships will fail (for a review by an economics professor read this).James interviews people from US, New Zealand, Australia, China, Singapore, Russia, the UK &am [...]

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