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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 […]

Office Politics should be embraced…

  The expression ‘office politics’ has got a bad name. We think of them as something undesirable, unwholesome, toxic. In my book they are far from bad, just an inevitable part of professional life. They must be embraced with as much humour, self-conscious deliberation and wisdom as possible. On a daily basis, it’s absolutely inevitable […]

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

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 exposé, 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 […]

Britain On The Couch

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 […]

The Selfish Capitalist

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 […]

How to Develop Emotional Health

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 […]

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