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Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps

Far from taking us away from our true selves, the thinking of others may be what offers us a path to our own latent potential.

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Self-Knowledge

Should I Be With Them?

To cut through our doubts efficiently, we might consider our responses to seven very short statements designed to highlight the extent of two people’s compatibility.

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Self-Knowledge

Why Abused Children End Up Hating Themselves

Sometimes, to cast out the devils inside us, we may need some help in spotting the devils — or, more appropriately, the extremely ill figures — in our own families.

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Relationships

The Seven Rules of Successful Relationships

To maintain love, we need more than anything to follow a few simple-sounding rules (that can nevertheless be very hard to act upon).


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Leisure

The Consolations of Catastrophe

With history in mind, we can cease to be bewildered by shadows – and concentrate instead on the lights from which they originate.

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Leisure

What is the Point of History?

We need to raid history with a very particular mission in mind: to learn how to live and die well.

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  • Relationships
  • Finding Love

The Importance of Being Single

There is no better guarantee of a successful relationship than knowing that we could — and can — manage perfectly well on our own.
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  • Self-Hatred

Why People Take Their Own Lives

If self-love deserves such sustained attention as a topic, it is because its shortfall is what can, in acute cases, be responsible for a choice to end one’s own life.
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  • Relationships
  • Romanticism

Kierkegaard on Love

Kierkegaard insisted that through concentrating on Romantic love, we develop a narrow and impoverished sense of what love can actually be.
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Relationships

How to Make Love Last Forever

By regularly voicing our small sorrows and minor irritations, we are scraping the barnacles off the keel of our relationship and so ensuring that we will sail on with greater joy and admiration into an authentic and unresentful future.

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