The School of Life

The growth in our relative materialism in the last 20 years has bought us neither reassurance nor contentedness, but unrealistic aspirations and neurotic competitiveness. Psychologist Oliver James take to our pulpit to demonstrate why the excess of envy and consumerism is making us more miserable and distressed than ever before and what we can do to finally free ourselves from the shackles of envy.

Oliver James is a psychologist, 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.

This secular sermon took place at Conway Hall, London on Sunday 29 November 2009.

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The School of Life offers good ideas for everyday living. We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better. You will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed towards a variety of ideas - from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise


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The School of Life offers good ideas for everyday living. We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better. You will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed towards a variety of ideas - from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind.

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