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Public Interview with best-selling British author Oliver James on his book Affluenza

As part of the EUNIC (European National Institutes of Culture) Lecture Series: Public Discussions on European Issues a Public Interview with best-selling British author Oliver James on his book Affluenza will be conducted by Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin

Thursday 1 December, 6.00-7.30pm - Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 
This event is free but places are limited.  Please RSVP to

Affluenza [,æflu’enza]. (n.) 1. set of values which increase our vulnerability to emotional distress. 2. entails placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous.
"An epidemic of 'Affluenza' is sweeping through the English-speaking world, an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses, that makes us twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other developed nations. And now we are infecting the rest of the world with this virulent virus."

If wealth is making us unhappy, but so is the recession, then how do we navigate a way to good mental health as well as a thriving society? Are ambition and an entrepreneurial spirit bad for us? And if so, what does this mean for our economic future? These questions and more will be debated in the interview.

Oliver James trained and practised as a clinical child psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include the best-selling Affluenza,, They F*** You Up and Britain on the Couch, which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. Oliver was supported by the British Council in his research forAffluenza in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Shanghai, Moscow & Copenhagen. He is a trustee of the Alzheimer's charity, SPECAL and lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two small children. Website: