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The Wisdom of Dusk

Our thoughts are – nominally – free to go in any direction at any time of day or night. In…

The Wisdom of Dusk

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The Appeal of Austere Places

Pieter Saenredam was a 17th-century Dutch artist who adored calm, white, minimal interiors, mostly those of churches, of which he…

The Appeal of Austere Places

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Emotional Maturity in a Crisis

Some of us belong to a social group politely known as ‘worriers.’ That is, we are close to panic on…

Emotional Maturity in a Crisis

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Reparenting Your Inner Child

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Reparenting Your Inner Child

One of the more consistently confronting and at times embarrassing concepts that psychology forces us to consider is that of…
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The Five Features of Paranoia

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The Five Features of Paranoia

There are perhaps five main features of the very sad, indeed hellish, condition we know as paranoia… Firstly, paranoia means…
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Stop Avoiding Conflict

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Stop Avoiding Conflict

Being ‘conflict -averse’ sounds like a lovely mild and peaceful way to be. Wouldn’t we all like to avoid conflict?…
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On Suicide

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On Suicide

It’s commonly assumed that people kill themselves because something goes wrong in their life: perhaps they made a mistake at…
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The Agonies of Shame

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The Agonies of Shame

One of the worst symptoms of childhood trauma is a feeling of shame, by which is meant: a pervasive impression…
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How Trauma Works

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How Trauma Works

Few of us can hope to get through life unscathed. The threats to us are so numerous and so stubborn…
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