Britain On The Couch: How keeping up with the Joneses has depressed us since 1950

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In the bestselling Affluenza, leading psychologist Oliver James toured the minds of the middle classes in search of an answer to the question: Is it possible to be successful and stay sane? In this seminal work, James brings the focus back to Britain and proves that modern life makes us feel like losers, even if we are winners.

Showing that the way we live now, rather than our genes, induces in our bodies low levels of the 'happiness brain chemical' serotonin, Oliver James analyses the deep-seated emotional malaise that has afflicted Britons since the 1990s. By recognising the role of individualism in raising expectations, increasing discontent, spawning psychopathic behaviour and destroying personal relationships, James puts forward a three-point plan for healing by correcting the chemical imbalance directly - through drugs containing serotonin, taking a complementary course of psychotherapy and, on a political level, by reorganising society on Scandinavian lines.

In this revised and updated edition, Oliver James puts capitalism in the dock like never before and discovers that while it might be good for business, it is bad for mental health.

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'A fascinating book' -- Sunday Times

‘[James’] calm rationality and the care for precise truth shown in his analysis of available evidence about status and politics (sexual and not) reminded me that this book… is about defining, and then seeking, a changed way of life … his book's time has come’ -- The Guardian

‘If anything, more relevant now than it was in 1998’ -- London Evening Standard

'Vital questions are explored in this stimulating tract for our times, which deserves to be widely read, especially by those who govern us' -- Anthony Storr

'Well worth reading ... the author has recognised important social phenomena which have escaped less astute or honest observers' -- Sunday Telegraph

'Oliver James is a necessary and powerful voice in our culture, and Britain on the Couch is a fabulous exposure of the failure of the neo-liberal project' -- Tom Hodgkinson, editor of The Idler

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Why we're unhappier compared with 1950, despite being richer - from bestselling author of Affluenza, Oliver James

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