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 …

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 …

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 …