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In Praise of Introspective People

However healthy it often is to try to fit in and assume we must just be like everyone else, there are also benefits in sometimes accepting that we might in the end not be and this needn’t be a cause of concern or shame. Sign up to our mailing list to receive 10% off your first order with us: https://r1.dotdigital-pages.com/p/6TU0-63X/hellotsol For...

Why We Can't Learn Without Making Mistakes

Part of the pain of growing older is that we can start to see how much, at certain points, we misunderstood ourselves, what the costs of missing self-knowledge were and how beautiful it could be if we could just build ourselves a time machine and go back and correct all our mistakes. Sign up to our mailing list to receive 10% off your first order with...

Why We Are Lonely

It’s an embarrassing confession, but many of us spend a great deal of our lives asking, week after week, always with the same blend of frustration, despair and puzzlement: Why am I so lonely? The real answer is likely to be far less punitive and in its way far more logical… Sign up to our mailing list to receive 10% off your first order with us: https://bit.ly/3OZ8C6u...

How to Tell If You Are Paranoid

One of the most useful realisations we might come to about ourselves is that we are ‘paranoid.’ Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class: https://bit.ly/3HpVdSa For books and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://bit.ly/3PF0nOc Our website has classes, articles and products...

How to Tell If You Have Been Gaslit

We’re unlucky enough if we meet with people who want to do us wrong, show us contempt and take advantage of us. But this is as nothing next to the monumental bad luck of encountering people who do all this to us while also being extremely skilled at pretending that they aren’t. If you are struggling with mental health there are lines where you can...

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Trauma and Forgetting

The word ‘trauma’ captures an acute paradox in our relationship to our own histories: some of what is most significant in our lives is inaccessible to day to day memory; the more important something is, the less we may be able to recall it. Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class: https://bit.ly/3HpVdSa...

Why It Really Is All About Your Childhood

The founding principle of modern psychotherapy - that it is all to do with one’s childhood - can sound especially irritating. Why should we be forever tied to things that happened infinitely long ago? Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class: https://bit.ly/3HpVdSa For books and more from The...

How to Watch the News Media AND Stay Sane

We are used to thinking of what we call the news as a tool that can help us to vanquish ignorance. But what it continuously - albeit slyly - does is encourage us to forget entirely what we actually feel in relation to certain events and crucially why that is so important. Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book,...

Why We Are All Addicts

When we think of an ‘addict’, certain stock images come to mind: a homeless person sniffing glue, a gaunt figure with a heroin needle in their arm. But this masks what is in reality a far more universal phenomenon. We are all addicts. Sign up to our new newsletter and get 10% off your first online order of a book, product or class: https://bit.ly/3HpVdSa...

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