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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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Self-Knowledge

Why You Should Take a Sentence Completion Test

The most vital parts of the truth about who we are readily available to us to see rather clearly the moment we finish any Sentence Completion.

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Self-Knowledge

Why Grandiosity is a Symptom of Self-Hatred

Outsized regard for oneself is not the outcome of boundless self-love, it is the diseased flower of a terrified, self-doubting mind.

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  • 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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  • 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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How to Make Love Last Forever

When relationships start, enthusiasm for our partners is typically natural and intense. We think of them constantly, we want only…
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