Your ability to interpret a flash of smiling teeth, a
fleeting grimace, or a gape of incredulity and to understand
that your companion might be feeling something different to
you is fundamental to your ability to maintain meaningful
relationships. New research seems to support...
There is a problem, a serious cultural problem, about
solitude. Being alone in our present society raises an
important question about identity and well-being. In the
first place, and rather urgently, the question needs to be
asked. And then – possibly, tentatively, over a...
Empathy – the imaginative act of stepping into the shoes
of another person and looking at the world from their
perspective – is a more popular concept today than at any
point in human history. It’s on the lips of everyone from
It’s the morning of Gina’s thirtieth birthday, as her
follicles helpfully remind her: she finds her second grey
hair. At work, two birthday cards are propped up on her
desk. The first says ‘There’s no need to torture
yourself just because you’re turning 30...
When I was eight years old, I still couldn't read. I
remember my teacher Mrs Browning walking over to my desk and
asking me to read a few sentences from a Dick and Jane book.
She pointed to a word. "Tuh-hee," I said,...
The School of Life is proud to announce its latest venture,
a new media outlet we've called The Philosophers' Mail:
www.thephilosophersmail.com. This daily online news source
is committed to bringing you the latest, biggest stories, as
interpreted by a team of our in-house philosophers...
Meet Chad. Chad is a personal trainer, from the Coen
brothers’ film Burn After Reading. He is a fictional
character, but we recognize him immediately: muscular,
handsome, full of energy and positive thinking – and as
dumb as a sack of small stones.
Emotional health is the sense that what is happening, is
happening now. It is experiencing the world as first-hand,
immediate, rather than only knowing what was experienced
when you reflect upon it later. You are, as the sports
commentators put it, ‘in the zone’.
Sex... sex... sex... The world seems full of it nowadays.
Every tabloid features tales of celebrity orgies. Every
television programme includes seduction, infidelity and
erotica - and that's just the documentaries. Walk along the
High Street and you're bound to pass a sex shop....
When it comes to partnership, the vast majority of the men
I've met - whether professionally as coaching clients and
seminar participants or personally as friends and colleagues
- are deeply wellmeaning. In particular when the
conversation turns, as it often does, to my...
We are fooled by a scientific education if we believe that
the accumulation knowledge brings us ever closer to the
world around us. It is not knowledge that counts, when we
are talking about direct and immediate human experience, it
“There is a...