Willing slaves?

I’m not a great fan of Melanie Phillips but she did make one good point on Question Time last week (26 Jan).  There was a question about the large salaries and bonuses being paid to corporate bosses, particularly in the light of the bonus that had just been paid to …

Evidence and science

It was interesting to watch Sherlock the other night, i.e. the BBC’s ‘updating’ of Conan Doyle’s famous detective stories into the twenty first century with Benedict Cumberbatch starring as the sleuth in question.  What particularly fascinated me, apart from the liberties that this ‘new’ version was taking with the plots …

Beyond the promise of the quick fix

I’ve just been reading Michael Sinclair’s book on corporate stress Fear and Self-Loathing in the City.   What’s interesting about this book is that it gives a fascinating insight into the psychology of City workers from a clinical perspective.  Sinclair discusses a range of problems including anxiety, depression, alcoholism, eating disorders, …

Stress and the City

This seems like a good time to consolidate some of my ideas regarding stress and/in the City.  Incidentally, Joris Luyendijk has been writing a fascinating Banking Blog in the Guardian since mid September 2011, which is a nine month anthropological ‘experiment’ looking at life in the financial City of London.  …

Suicide and success

Phillip Hodson has written an interesting article  in The Independent on the tragic and untimely death of Gary Speed.  He is attempting to address the apparent contradiction of people who, on the surface, appear to be successful, have it all, and yet, behind all this appear to have profoundly troubled …

A culture of stress?

I’ve been reading a number of articles recently, in addition to the Times one I’ve referred to previously, on the subject of stress and mental health in the City.  Some of these date back to the last financial crisis in 2008 whilst others are very recent.  What struck me was …

To live and fail in the City

In my previous posting (‘Touching the Void’, 18 Nov 11) I cited an article by Tom Whipple on the taboo subject of mental illness amongst high flying City workers.  In it he quotes Neil Brenner, a psychiatrist who specialises in supporting bankers with mental health problems, who says: The City …