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How to Find Out What You Really Really Think and Why...

How to Find Out What You Really Really Think and Why…

It’s one of the great paradoxes of mental life that we’re often unable to access our true feelings about important matters. We may settle, in haste or fear, on the most obvious answers. We ignore our deep truths first and…

How Freud's Oedipus Complex Can Help Your Sex Life

How Freud’s Oedipus Complex Can Help Your Sex Life

The Oedipus Complex is one of the strangest and most counter-intuitive concepts in psychoanalysis. However, through a certain lens it can offer us a guiding narrative about how we come, through the varied experiences of childhood, to have our own…

7 Things You Need to Know About Psychotherapy

7 Things You Need to Know About Psychotherapy

In order to recover from many kinds of mental distress, there’s really no alternative but to get acquainted with psychotherapy. Come and have psychotherapy online with The School of Life. To book a session with the sort of therapist who…

How Keeping a Diary Can Save You

How Keeping a Diary Can Save You

Diaries are a forum in which we can raise and then galvanise ourselves into answering the large questions which lie behind the stewardship of our lives: What do I really want? Should I leave? What do I feel for them?…

Kierkegaard on Love

Kierkegaard on Love

One of the most provocative analyses of love ever produced is to be found in the writings of the Danish Existential philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. In a book entitled Works of Love, he proposed a theory which deliberately upset every leading…

Ancient Rome's Answer to Social Shame

Ancient Rome’s Answer to Social Shame

It’s natural for most of us to spend time descending into worry about our reputation: what if we are accused of something, what if we are ostracised, mocked and cancelled? A useful way out of the panic was suggested many…

A Test to Judge How Bad Your Parents Were

A Test to Judge How Bad Your Parents Were

We might think back to our pasts and give our carers a score out of ten to measure how things went. It isn’t unfair or mean sometimes – in the privacy of our own minds – to hold people to…

One Key Question to Liberate Yourself From Childhood

One Key Question to Liberate Yourself From Childhood

The most fundamental idea at the heart of modern psychotherapy is that in order to heal ourselves from our neuroses in the present, we have to understand what went on in our childhoods. Sign up to our mailing list to…

The Incredible Promise of Psychedelic Therapy

The Incredible Promise of Psychedelic Therapy

There is a form of therapy which is, right now, in most countries of the world, illegal but which stands to become a dominant way of doing therapy over the coming years and may be the principal route by which…