Why Small Talk is Painful - and Necessary
Some of what makes office life awkward is that it asks us to tread a fine line between being, on the one hand, efficient and focused, and on the other,...
How Pessimism Can Help You Stay Calm
Our lives are powerfully affected by a special quirk of the human mind, to which we rarely pay much attention. We are creatures deeply marked by our expectations.
What Makes a Good Listener?
One of the kindest, most helpful and most interesting things we can ever do with another person is to listen to them well.
How To Be A Good Teacher
We're used to thinking of 'being a teacher' as a specialised job, but in fact, teaching is a skill required of us in a huge range of contexts, from the home to the workplace.
How to Make a Decision
Life constantly forces us to make very big and often very painful decisions. When we are next facing such a choice, here is a small exercise that could help us to know our own minds more clearly.
Where Are the Creative Jobs?
Many of us want a job that is 'creative', but the reality of the jobs market can seriously challenge our hopes. Why are there not more creative positions? What do we really want when we use this word 'creative'? Using this film to understand the economy in greater depth can help us see our options and understand our pains.