In almost all countries and communities around the world,
there is one central (usually unvoiced) suspicion that
arises whenever someone lets slip that they are ‘having
therapy’: they are crazy.
Getting therapeutic help should – ideally – be an
ordinary and wholly unsurprising thing, like...
It’s one of the grandest and oddest words out there, so
lofty, it doesn’t sound like something one could ever
consciously strive to be - unlike say, being cultured, or
kind. Others could perhaps compliment you on being it, but
it wouldn’t be something...
Going travelling is one of the most exciting pastimes of
all. It’s up there with love in terms of the happiness it
can bring – though, unlike love, it is generally assumed
to be a straightforward process entailing no big theoretical
or philosophical issues....
It is, of course, a form of madness. You pick up the largest
jam jar and fling it to the floor. You go up to the
attendant at the counter and deliver a stream of
obscenities. You accelerate and overtake on a narrow...
No one, probably, has ever much doubted that these things
are nice. Clouds, trees and streams represent nature in its
most gentle, tranquil guise. Their appeal is instinctive.
But we take them for granted. They form a pleasant
background to other things: out of...
For a start, because - as we all know - Parisians are
notoriously suspicious of tourists. How many of us have been
to Paris and stared at French life through a thick window
pane, deeply curious as to its processes and rituals and...
There’s something very special about the five-day
intensive Summer School, something that makes it much more
than a week of some very good The School of Life classes.
And, when I teach it, both here in the UK and, as we have
Our minds are filled with out-of-focus feelings and ideas:
we dimly experience a host of regrets, envious feelings,
hurts, anxieties and excitements. And for the most part we
never stop to analyse or make sense of them. It seems too
painful and difficult, because...
“A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as his
brain. We exaggerate the importance of the
We are the thinking species. Our prefrontal cortex– the
part of the brain that enables us to make decisions,
rationalise, plan, express ourselves, think...
Early in the morning one day in spring I had one of
those small but extraordinary experiences that is hard to
forget. I came downstairs with my young daughter to find a
brilliant pool of light on our kitchen ceiling. At first we
Nowadays, almost all of us wish we could be calmer. It's one
of the distinctive longings of the modern age. Across
history, people have tended to seek out adventure and
excitement. But most of us have had a bit too much of that