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. The interesting...
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...
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 ignoring you?* * *You're sitting in an experiment room and suddenly you notice smoke...
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...
'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 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...
Recall the last time a child perhaps your niece or nephew, your son or daughter said thank you to you. How delighted were you by their gratitude? How warm was the glow inside? And now think again. What kind of pressure was on that...
Tent Dear Bibliotherapist, I recently got dumped at a festival. I'm 39, and I feel too old either for festivals, or for being dumped. Can you suggest some books to give me solace? Dear Dumped, Sadly none of us is too old...
Can you remember the first text you ever sent? No, I can't either. Texts are as routine to me as putting on my shoes before I go out. But not for my Dad. He's had a mobile for a couple of years,...
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