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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Four young girls in dresses smile outside, with one holding a small cat.
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Biography and memoir

Preserving memories of a Japanese internment camp, and the land where it stood

8 minutes

A person with light blonde hair, wearing a dark hoodie, stands on a cliff by the sea, holding a bird. The sea is rough with waves crashing against the rocks, and several rock formations are visible in the misty background.
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Childhood and adolescence

The unique fellowship between teens and young puffins on a remote Icelandic island

20 minutes

Illustration of a child sitting with their head down and knees up, next to a toy box with a teddy bear sticking out. An adult’s legs, dressed in a red skirt and brown shoes, are visible seated nearby on the right.
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

The therapist who hated me

Going to a child psychoanalyst four times a week for three years was bad enough. Reading what she wrote about me was worse

Michael Bacon

A group of girls walk past the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, DC
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Gender and identity

Silencing of the girls

Girls are still in a bad bargain with patriarchy: the price of relationship is keeping their true thoughts to themselves

Carol Gilligan

Illustration of three scouts in uniforms with red neckerchiefs, one wearing a hat. They have different facial expressions and are sitting in a row.
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Childhood and adolescence

Striking shadow puppetry illuminates a skater kid’s memories of Boy Scout camp

12 minutes

A smiling young girl and a cat, nose to nose, by a window sill, with pinecones beside them
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Stories and literature

The best stories smell

When scents are used to intensify a narrative, they heighten young readers’ emotions and enrich their memory banks

Natalia Kucirkova

Vintage black-and-white image of two young children standing outside, a boy wearing a jumper and a girl in a dress. They’re in the middle of explaining religion.
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Religion

From God’s shoes to satellites in heaven – children weigh in on religion

8 minutes

A baby in a high chair waves a yellow toy while a woman in a pink top opens a sauce bottle at a table with plates of food.
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Human evolution

How to grow a human

Our childhood is preposterously long compared to other animals. Is it the secret to our evolutionary success?

Brenna Hassett

Four children are playing on and around wooden steps outside a raised house in a rural area, with logs and foliage in the background.
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Family life

Amazonian childcare

In the eyes of the Runa people, Western kids grow up indulged, over-mothered and incapable of facing outward to the world

Francesca Mezzenzana

Two girls sitting at a wooden table, studying with notebooks and stationery, with a large world map on the wall behind them.
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Education

Unschooling

It takes nerve to go against the grain and take your child out of school. But, for some, that’s when learning really starts

Naomi Fisher & Heidi Steel

A woman wearing a maroon hat, earrings, a floral scarf, and an owl brooch, with city lights blurred in the background at night.
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Life stages

At 14, Asal is excited about her engagement. Her relatives all have their own opinions

33 minutes

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Personality

Born that way

Confident or shy, our temperament is mostly baked-in from birth. But how that influences our lives is up for grabs

Gina Mireault

Two boys play with sticks and a metal object on a street corner, while an elderly person steps out of a shop.
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Stories and literature

Leave them alone

Parenting advice from D H Lawrence: don’t smother your children with love. They are more sagacious than you think

Lara Feigel

A group of women and children stand in a lush, green meadow holding gardening tools and a lunchbox, with trees in the background.
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Subcultures

The utopian machine

For children like me, growing up in an utopian community, life was a bewildering chaos of freedom and indoctrination

Susanna Crossman

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Subcultures

The great regression

To understand why so many adults are acting just like children, don’t blame Millennials – look to Japan in the 1990s

Matt Alt

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Childhood and adolescence

When Paradise, California burned, its teens became instant climate refugees

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Childhood and adolescence

The parentified child

When parents cast a child into the role of mediator, friend and carer, the wounds are profound. But recovery is possible

Nivida Chandra

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Sex and sexuality

Idealising the predator

How did certain French intellectuals get away with preying upon young girls, shamelessly, in public and over decades?

Lily Dunn

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Work

‘Why does life have to be so complicated?’ A school trip to the world of work

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Philosophy of mind

Forget babbling and toddling – mindreading is babies’ most incredible skill

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Sex and sexuality

What does the Dutch model of comprehensive, ‘shame-free’ sex-ed look like?

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Addiction

The addiction trap

Our inability to treat substance use disorders stems from a narrow-minded view that brains and genes are their real cause

Judith Grisel

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Childhood and adolescence

We’re all teenagers now

Adolescence isn’t a time of life so much as a frame of mind. Liberating yet damaging, it’s transformed the US and the world

Paul Howe

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Childhood and adolescence

Attached

From cradle to grave, we are soothed and rocked by attachments – our source of joy and pain, and the essence of who we are

Mostafa El-Kalliny & Zoe R Donaldson