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Oliver James - Author

About the Author

Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1987, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up and Britain on the Couch, which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.

Featured books by Oliver James

Family Politics

Family Politics

Author: Oliver James Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

There is a prevailing myth - in both modern society and in modern science - that who we are is largely down to our genetic code. This book uncovers the truth about genetics: that our genes actually play very little part in shaping who we are.

Other books by Oliver James

Hogyan fejlesszuk erzelmi egeszsegunket?

Hogyan fejlesszuk erzelmi egeszsegunket?

Author: Oliver James Format: eBook Release Date: 28/02/2018

Oliver James uj megvilagitasba helyezi eletunk ertelmet: Ne a boldogsagot kergessuk, inkabb erzelmi egeszsegunk javitasan faradozzunk!"e; De mit is jelent valjban az rzelmi egszsg? Mennyiben fgg neveltetsnktA l? Milyen kpessgeinket kell fejlesztennk, hogy rzelmileg egszsgesebbek legynk? Hogyan trhatjuk fel mltbli lmnyeinket? Miknt rhatjuk t a gyermekkorunkban rgzlt mintzatokat? Hogyan vlhatunk j szlA v s tallhatunk a nevels tern is megfelelA trsat? A knyv rengeteg rdekes pszicholgiai vizsglat, esettanulmny s plda alapjn meggyA zA en igazolja, hogy valban teljesebb letet lhetnk, ha tudatosan vigyzunk rzelmi egszsgnkre.Az erklcsi s rtkrendi zA rzavar korban az nsegtA knyveknek is megjulsra van szksgk. Az let iskolja (The School of Life) sorozat egyfajta jjszlets. Olyan, mindannyiunkat rintA tmkkal foglalkozik, mint a pnz, a munka, a technolgia, a szex, a testedzs, az egyedllt s az rzelmi egszsg. Alain de Botton, a sorozat szerkesztA je

Not In Your Genes The real reasons children are like their parents

Not In Your Genes The real reasons children are like their parents

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Professor Robert Plomin, the world's leading geneticist, said in 2014 of his search for genes that explain differences in our psychology: `I have been looking for these genes for fifteen years. I don't have any'. Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. The implications are huge: as adults we can change, we can clutch our fates from predetermined destiny, as parents we can radically alter the trajectory of our childrens' lives, and as a society we could largely eradicate criminality and poverty. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.

Upping Your Ziggy How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours

Upping Your Ziggy How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2016

David Bowie was one of the most famous men of his generation, and remains one of the greatest rock stars of all time. But while his flamboyant career in the public eye has been well documented, much less is known about his family history. In this new book psychologist the author, bestselling author of They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Not in Your Genes, explores the mental illnesses that afflicted members of Bowie's family, and Bowie's fear that he too was destined for insanity. Three of his aunts became psychotic and his grandmother declared the family cursed. His half brother Terry also became psychotic, hallucinating a visitation from God, the famous 'crack in the sky and a hand pointing down to me' about which Bowie sang. These family crises left Bowie afflicted with a fear of madness. His music and stage personae during the 1970s were his way of eluding it. Born David Jones, he dubbed himself Bowie.

Family Politics

Family Politics

Author: Oliver James Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

There is a prevailing myth - in both modern society and in modern science - that who we are is largely down to our genetic code. This book uncovers the truth about genetics: that our genes actually play very little part in shaping who we are.

Not In Your Genes The real reasons children are like their parents

Not In Your Genes The real reasons children are like their parents

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Professor Robert Plomin, the world's leading geneticist, said in 2014 of his search for genes that explain differences in our psychology: `I have been looking for these genes for fifteen years. I don't have any'. Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. The implications are huge: as adults we can change, we can clutch our fates from predetermined destiny, as parents we can radically alter the trajectory of our childrens' lives, and as a society we could largely eradicate criminality and poverty. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.

Office Politics How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks

Office Politics How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A fascinating expose of office culture, in the style of the bestselling Affluenza, from popular psychologist Oliver James The modern working world is a dangerous place, where game-playing, duplicity and sheer malevolence are rife. Do talent and hard work count for nothing? Is politics everything? In this fascinating expose, Oliver James reveals the murky underside of modern office life. With cutting-edge research and eye-opening interviews, he highlights the nasty practices that propel people to the top and shows how industries and cultures are fostering this behaviour. He then divulges strategies and techniques for not only surviving but thriving in these difficult environments. With the right mindset, you can distinguish and deal with toxic and overpromoted colleagues, charm your way through interviews and use office politics to your advantage. Office Politics will overthrow your perceptions of office life and set you on a new path to success. Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Contented Dementia. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart. www.oliver-james-books.com

How to Develop Emotional Health

How to Develop Emotional Health

Author: Oliver James, The School of Life Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Happiness is a loaded term that means different things to different people. To some, it might mean life satisfaction, to others, a fleeting moment of joy. Rather than seeking to be happy, Oliver James encourages us to cultivate our emotional health. Outlining the five elements of good emotional health - insightfulness, a strong sense of self, fluid relationships, authenticity and playfulness in our approach to life - he offers strategies for optimizing each characteristic to live more fulfilling lives. Helping us to understand the impact our emotional baggage has on our daily interactions, he reveals how to overcome unhelpful patterns and become more self-aware - revitalizing our approach to life. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley

Countries in Our World: China

Countries in Our World: China

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2013

Countries in Our World focuses on the countries that shape and influence our modern world. Each book examines physical features, daily life, industry, media, leisure and much more. Each title in Countries in our World is a mine of useful information ideal for school and project work.

Office Politics How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks

Office Politics How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks

Author: Oliver James Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

The modern working world is a dangerous place, where game-playing, duplicity and sheer malevolence are rife. Do talent and hard work count for nothing? Is politics everything? In this fascinating expose, Oliver James reveals the murky underside of modern office life. With cutting-edge research and eye-opening interviews, he highlights the nasty practices that propel people to the top and shows how industries and cultures are fostering this behaviour. He then divulges strategies and techniques for not only surviving but thriving in these difficult environments. With the right mindset, you can distinguish and deal with toxic and overpromoted colleagues, charm your way through interviews and use office politics to your advantage. Office Politics will overthrow your perceptions of office life and set you on a new path to success.

Love Bombing Reset Your Child's Emotional Thermostat

Love Bombing Reset Your Child's Emotional Thermostat

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2012

Love Bombing is a radical new method for resetting the emotional thermostats of troubled children and their parents, setting them on a much happier trajectory. It is simple to do, easily explained and works for both severe and mild problems from aged three to early teenage. Many, if not most, parents feel that their children may have missed out in some way during the early years. Offering a simple, relatively trouble-free self-help method for putting that right is what parents are waiting for. This book is written in highly accessible language , assures Oliver James. The method is explained as simply as possible, illustrated with cases . Love Bombing is a very simple technique which helps most children from aged three to early teenage. Because so many parents are, or have had, periods of living very busy or miserable or complicated lives, most of us need to reconnect with our children from time to time. Love Bombing does the job, explains James.

How Not to F*** Them Up

How Not to F*** Them Up

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2011

As a mother, are you comfortable in your skin? Want to know how best to be a stay-at-home or working mum? Babies have very simple needs, yet many parents are overwhelmed with elaborate advice on how to meet them. In How Not to F*** Them Up, leading child psychologist Oliver James argues that your under-threes do not need training; it's getting your head straight as a parent that's important. Drawing on extensive interviews and the lastest clinical research, James identifies three basic types of mum: the Hugger, the Organiser and the Fleximum. Outlining the benefits and pitfalls of each, How Not to F*** Them Up shows you how to recognise which style suits you best and outlines simple strategies to reconcile personal ambitions with the needs of your family. Empowering and provocative, Oliver James will help you make the best choices for bringing up a happy, confident child.

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

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

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2010

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.

Affluenza

Affluenza

Author: Oliver James Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/08/2009

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 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 more 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.

Contented Dementia 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being

Contented Dementia 24-hour Wraparound Care for Lifelong Well-being

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2009

Dementia is a little understood and currently incurable illness, but much can be done to maximise the quality of life for people with the condition. Contented Dementia - by clinical psychologist and bestselling author Oliver James - outlines a groundbreaking and practical method for managing dementia that will allow both sufferer and carer to maintain the highest possible quality of life, throughout every stage of the illness. A person with dementia will experience random and increasingly frequent memory blanks relating to recent events. Feelings, however, remain intact, as do memories of past events and both can be used in a special way to substitute for more recent information that has been lost. The SPECAL method (Specialized Early Care for Alzheimer's) outlined in this book works by creating links between past memories and the routine activities of daily life in the present. Drawing on real-life examples and user-friendly tried-and-tested methods, Contented Dementia provides essential information and guidance for carers, relatives and professionals.

The Selfish Capitalist Origins of Affluenza

The Selfish Capitalist Origins of Affluenza

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2008

In the bestselling Affluenza, world-renowned psychologist Oliver James introduced us to a modern-day virus sweeping through the English-speaking world. He met those suffering from it and demonstrated how their obsessive, envious tendencies made them twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other developed nations. Now The Selfish Capitalist provides more detailed substantiation for the claims made in Affluenza. It looks deeper into the origins of the virus and outlines the political, economic and social climate in which it has grown. James points out that, since the seventies, the rich have got much, much richer, yet the average person's wage has not increased at all. A rallying cry to the Government to reduce our levels of distress by adopting a form of unselfish capitalism, this hard-hitting and thought-provoking work tells us why our personal well-being must take precedence over the wealth of a tiny minority if we are to cure ourselves of this disease.

Affluenza

Affluenza

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2007

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 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 more 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.

They F*** You Up How to Survive Family Life

They F*** You Up How to Survive Family Life

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2006

Do your relationships tend to follow the same destructive pattern? Do you feel trapped by your family's expectations of you? Does your life seem overwhelmingly governed by jealousy or competitiveness or lack of confidence? In this ground-breaking book, clinical psychologist Oliver James shows that it is the way we were cared for in the first six years of life that has a crucial effect on who we are and how we behave. Nurture, in effect, shapes our very nature. James combines the latest scientific research with fascinating interviews to show that understanding your past is the first step to controlling your present.

The Executive Agency Revolution in Whitehall Public Interest versus Bureau-Shaping Perspectives

The Executive Agency Revolution in Whitehall Public Interest versus Bureau-Shaping Perspectives

Author: Oliver James Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/09/2003

This is the first book length assessment of the executive agency revolution in UK central government, part of the New Public Management, with 65 per cent of civil servants now working in agencies. The 'Next Steps' reformers' public interest view suggested value for money improvements. However, original analysis of budgets, performance data, documents and interviews reveals some support for an alternative 'bureau-shaping' perspective from rational choice, with officials using the reform to protect their welfare and substantial performance problems, especially in 'joining-up' government.

The Executive Agency Revolution in Whitehall Public Interest versus Bureau-Shaping Perspectives

The Executive Agency Revolution in Whitehall Public Interest versus Bureau-Shaping Perspectives

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2003

This is the first book length assessment of the executive agency revolution in UK central government, part of the New Public Management, with 65 per cent of civil servants now working in agencies. The 'Next Steps' reformers' public interest view suggested value for money improvements. However, original analysis of budgets, performance data, documents and interviews reveals some support for an alternative 'bureau-shaping' perspective from rational choice, with officials using the reform to protect their welfare and substantial performance problems, especially in 'joining-up' government.

On a Darkling Plain Journeys into the Unconscious

On a Darkling Plain Journeys into the Unconscious

Author: Oliver James Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2002

Is perversion an emotion? Where do guilty feelings come from? What is the function of anxiety in the development of human personality? Freud died 60 years ago, his legacy the enigmatic language of psychoanalysis. But what are these terms really all about? On a Darkling Plain is a collection of vibrant essays exploring a selection of Freud's great terms, explaining their relevance to everyday life and their use in the understanding of our culture. Using a wide range of references to visual art, cinema, literature, popular culture and examples from real life, analysts and counsellors for whom these terms are part of everyday language explore why Freud is still the major thinker in the understanding of our emotions.

Prisoners of Circumstance

Prisoners of Circumstance

Author: Oliver James Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2001

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