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How to Figure Out What You Really, Really Think

It’s one of the great paradoxes of mental life that we’re often unable to access our true feelings about important matters. Our conclusions on crucial topics — the next best move we should make in our career, or our stance towards an incident in childhood — can remain locked inside us, inaccessible to ordinary consciousness.

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Why We Are All Addicts

Addiction doesn’t have anything to do with what one is addicted to: it simply means leaning on something because it prevents particular ideas from coming into our minds.
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A New Attitude to Failure

Failure does not only strip us of ‘things’ — friends, status, money, respect. It can also bequeath us a distinctive outlook on life.
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Why You Should Keep a Journal

The act of writing, especially in a journal or diary, is filled with therapeutic benefits. A journal is a forum in which we can raise and answer the large questions which lie behind the stewardship of our lives.
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Buildings That Give Hope & Buildings That Condemn Us

A strange and rarely remarked upon feature of buildings is that they talk. They don’t necessarily speak very loudly, it can sometimes just be a whisper, but if you go up to them and look at them properly, you can definitely hear them chatting.

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The Upsides of Being Ill

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The Upsides of Being Ill

It sounds really strange to speak of the upsides of being ill. Surely there are only downsides? But rather than…
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It’s Not Your Fault

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It’s Not Your Fault

There’s a strange law of psychology that reveals that small children who are treated badly by their parents will always…
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Why We Are All Addicts

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Why We Are All Addicts

When we think of an ‘addict’, certain stock images come to mind: a homeless person in the park sniffing glue,…
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