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The most valuable piece of art in your world

For almost all of human history, it has been unthinkable that someone could lay claim to maturity, sanity and reliability by pinning a picture by a six-year-old to the walls of their office, or throne room. At least until the 20th century, the art...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail
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Dear Bibliotherapist: Holiday Reading for Teenagers

Dear Bibliotherapist, My teens never seem to read at the moment – they are always on their i-pads, or phones, but it’s hard to sit them down with a good book. Do you have any good recommendations that might hook them in? Yours, Frustrated Mother. Dear...
Posted by Ella Berthoud

How To Be Alone

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...
Posted by Sara Maitland
How to have it all

How to have it all

The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others, such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
Judy Reith What Kind of Parent Are You

What Kind of Parent Do You Want To Be?

In 2040 will your kids be thanking you, or be in therapy?  I believe being a parent is the most important job in the world. Parents of all types, politicians, kids, and people without kids all over the world agree with this. The interesting...
Posted by Judy Reith

Dying of Nostalgia; Thomas Dixon Explores Homesickness

Dr Thomas Dixon, writer of the excellent History of Emotions blog, recently interviewed Professor of History at Weber State University, and a leading historian of emotions in the United States, Susan J. Matt. Her first book, Keeping Up With the Joneses, was a study of envy in modern...
Posted by Thomas Dixon

Fionnuala Barrett on Goethe and Fashioning Ourselves on What We Love

Goethe said, amongst many other clever things during his lifetime that we are shaped and fashioned by what we love.  Like all other statements which reinforce the idea that we are captains of our own destiny, there is an onerous, if not a frightening, edge...
Posted by Fionnuala Barrett

Rachel Heller and Amir Levine on Attachment Styles

How would you react to the following scenarios? * You call your date/partner and after the first ring, you're transferred to voice mail.* Do you barely notice or do you assume s/he is purposely ignoring you?* * *You're sitting in an experiment room and suddenly you notice smoke...
Posted by Rachel Heller, Amir Levine

We All Need Words go Jackanory in our bibliotherapist's chair

Dear Bibliotherapist, Bam! Just like that, the summer holidays are upon us. Six loooong weeks of paddling pools or rainy days on rotation. Story time crops up more often in the summer nine-to-five, so which picture books are at the top of your...
Posted by We All Need Words

Robert Rowland Smith on Misquotation

'Quote me that I was misquoted': so joked Groucho Marx, in a famous quote that I hope I've not wrongly quoted. You don't have to be famous, however, to suffer the ignominy of misquotation. It happens all the time, especially in relationships. Just think...
Posted by Robert Rowland Smith

Alain de Botton on Work and Marriage

Employment often seems at odds with the happiness and internal values of the individual. Must it always be this way? There are broadly speaking two philosophies of work out there. The first you could call the working-class view of work, which sees the point of...
Posted by Alain de Botton

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