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...
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?
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...
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,...
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.
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
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...
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
*You're sitting in an experiment room and suddenly you
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...
'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...
Employment often seems at odds with the happiness and
internal values of the individual. Must it always be this
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...