A dictionary is a guide to language. This dictionary is for the distinctive language that The School of Life ‘speaks’: that of emotions. It is a selection of over 160 words and phrases that shed light on our feelings about ourselves, other people, and the workings of the modern world.
Too often, we struggle to find the right words to explain what we mean; this dictionary is a tool to help us convey our true intentions with economy and precision.
The School of Life – an organisation dedicated to making sense of our emotional lives – offers us a complete vocabulary with which to understand some of our key emotional states and ideas and to express them succinctly and successfully to the world.
¶ Charity of Interpretation
Seeing that another person’s bad behaviour is not a sign of wickedness or sin, but is a result of suffering.
¶ Cultural Mining
Cultural mining describes the process by which the most valuable parts of culture – by which we mean the arts, humanities and philosophy – are recovered from their original contexts and made useful for our own times.
¶ Impostor Syndrome
To be held back by the crippling thought that people like us could not possibly triumph given what we know of ourselves.
Hardback book with a black ribbon page holder | 147 x 202 x 26 mm