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David Bowie guarded his privacy carefully, crafting his public image. Although he spoke in occasional interviews about his fear of madness and of the ‘nuttiness’ of his family, very few people know the truth of that complex backdrop to his creativity. In this new book psychologist Oliver James, bestselling author of They F*** You Up, […]

Love Bombing

‘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 […]


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 […]

They F*** You Up

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 […]

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

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 […]

How Not to F*** Them Up

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 […]

References for Oliver James’ Critique of CBT

EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE THAT CBT DOES NOT WORK IN THE LONG-TERM FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: This 2004 review of the evidence by Drew Westen: 04 psych_bull This 2005 large report of a long-term study of the efficacy of CBT:  L-TERM CBT This 2012 follow-up of 8 clinical trials of CBT: Durham_2012_Journal-of-Affective-Disorders A 2009 META-META ANALYSIS SHOWING THAT […]

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