Affluenza. Oliver James
by Oliver James
There is currently an epidemic of "affluenza" throughout the world -- an obsessive, envious keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality that has resulted ... Show synopsis There is currently an epidemic of "affluenza" throughout the world -- an obsessive, envious keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality that has resulted in huge increases in depression and anxiety among millions. Over a nine-month period, author and psychologist 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. In each place he interviewed groups of people to try to find out not only why this is happening, but also how one can increase one's emotional immune system. He asks: Why do so many people want what they don't have, despite being richer and freer from traditional restraints than ever before? In asking this question, he uncovers the way to reconnect with what really matters and learn to value what we have. In other words, how to be successful and stay sane. "From the Trade Paperback edition."