City madness?

As mentioned in previous posts, there is a (growing) view that the City and other major corporate institutions are being run by psychopaths.  I’ve already cited the work of Clive Boddy on this subject, but other commentators have also observed there is something quite pathological about large corporate environments.  At …

Going wrong?

It’s something of a paradox, but it would appear that there is quite a discrepancy between what people say they want in terms of talking therapies and what they actually (don’t) do about it.  There is plenty of research which strongly suggests that many people would consider some form of …

Psychosis: the Breivik dilemma

One of the interesting things to come out of the ongoing Anders Breivik trial is that there seems to be a disagreement amongst the psychiatric profession regarding Breivik’s mental state.  The original psychiatric report published last November concluded that he was psychotic.1 The second psychiatric report, published in April by …

The Couch and the City

Recently I was interviewed by Joris Luyendijk as part of his research for his banking blog in The Guardian.1   Joris did an excellent job in writing up the interview which went ‘live’ last Thursday.2  The focus of the interview was about trying to get an understanding of the incredible …

Misrecognising the City

One of the reasons that the City (and the financial world in general) seems to generate so much anger is that many people seem to have little understanding of what it is and how it works.1  All they see are a small group of people getting very rich, whilst everyone …