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22
Aug
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Travel as Therapy Series: Café de Zaak, Utrecht – for Sex Education

August is perfect for sitting outside at the Café de Zaak in the Korte Minrebroederstraat. The decent beers on tap, plus a generous bring-your-own-meal policy make this one of the nicest cafes in town. If one’s honest, there are really some very intriguing locals here....
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21
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Corner shop, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama – for Shyness

On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura couldn’t understand...
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20
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Monument Valley, USA - for Calm

You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and, unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot. How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look younger...  There...
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19
Aug
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Travel as Therapy - An Introduction

Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. It can -...
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18
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 15: La Rochefoucauld

There’s a belief that philosophy, when properly done, should sound dense, forbidding, a little confusing, as if it might have been awkwardly translated from the German. But at the dawn of the modern age lived a French philosopher who trusted in a very different...
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15
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 14: Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold was the most important educational reformer of the 19th century. He realised that, in the modern world, education would be one of the keys to a good society. But it had to be education of a special kind - and not...
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14
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 13: John Ruskin

John Ruskin (1819-1900) was one of the most ambitious and impassioned English social reformers of the 19th century. He was also - at first sight - a deeply improbable reformer, because he seemed to care mostly about one thing - beauty - which has...
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13
Aug
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The Great Psychoanalysts 2: Melanie Klein

Melanie Klein (1882-1960) was a highly creative and original Viennese Jewish psychoanalyst who discovered the work of Freud at the age of 26 and devoted her life to enriching and nuancing it in intriguing and valuable ways. She is perhaps best remembered today for...
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12
Aug
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The Great Psychoanalysts 1: Donald Winnicott

How do you build a better world? There are so many well-known, urgent places you might start: malaria, carbon emissions, tax evasion, the drug trade, soil erosion, water pollution… Donald Winnicott deserves his place in history because of the dramatic simplicity of his approach. He...
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07
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 12: Augustine

Augustine was a Christian philosopher who lived in the early 5th century AD on the fringes of the rapidly declining Roman Empire, in the North African town of Hippo (present day Annaba, in Algeria). He served as Bishop for over thirty years, proving popular...
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07
Aug
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The Great Philosophers 11: Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim is the philosopher who can best help us to understand why Capitalism makes us richer and yet frequently more miserable; even – far too often – suicidal. He was born in 1858 in the little French town of Epinal, near the German...
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