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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
The love and death of Yosef and Zilli | Aeon
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Ageing and death

When his elderly parents make a suicide pact, Doron struggles to accept their choice

19 minutes

Obon | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left

7 minutes

Brother | Aeon
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Addiction

From back pain to addiction – one man’s struggle with opioids, as told to his sister

14 minutes

Leave them alone | Aeon
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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

The utopian machine | Aeon
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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

The right person | Aeon
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Love and friendship

The right person

Contemporary wisdom says that happiness is the measure of a marriage. But is that a harmful way of judging relationships?

Joshua Coleman

Eadem cutis: the same skin | Aeon
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Gender and identity

‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John

6 minutes

The last tape | Aeon
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War and peace

Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him

12 minutes

Sister | Aeon
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Family life

A son of China’s former one-child policy remembers the sibling he never had

8 minutes

Adem’s island | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Alone on a small island in Belgrade, a father grieves his daughter in quiet solitude

12 minutes

The parentified child | Aeon
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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

Souvenir souvenir | Aeon
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War and peace

When his grandfather won’t talk about the war, Bastien is left to his imagination

15 minutes

A family that steals dogs | Aeon
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Family life

An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction

7 minutes

Is grandad on the moon? | Aeon
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Death

Is grandad on the moon?

We no longer have a clear sense of how to introduce our children to death. But their questions can help us face up to it

Pragya Agarwal

Treasure them | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Treasure them

Sure, lovers and children are great. But friends are more than ever the heart of happiness, of family and of love itself

Anna Machin

No crying at the dinner table | Aeon
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Family life

The walls come down on guarded emotions and secrets in an intimate family portrait

16 minutes

Not only the stranger | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

Not only the stranger

Growing up in the shadow of a serial killer I came to understand that danger within a locked house might exceed that without

Alicia Foster

The lost sound | Aeon
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Language and linguistics

A playful tribute to the words our grandparents used (but we can’t pronounce)

2 minutes

Durango | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

Two brothers discuss girls, death and leaving home one aimless summer in Colorado

14 minutes

A concerto is a conversation | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

A piano virtuoso traces and scores the contours of his grandfather’s inspiring life story

14 minutes

Estranged | Aeon
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Family life

Estranged

When feeling good about ourselves matters more than filial duty, cutting off our parents comes to seem like a valid choice

Joshua Coleman

Uncle Thomas: accounting for the days | Aeon
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Mental health

A ‘poet of the everyday’: an animated ode to a beloved uncle with OCD

13 minutes

EXCLUSIVEMy name is Anik | Aeon
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Family life

It’s a clash of cultures when Anik’s granddaughter comes home to learn Kurdish

17 minutes

The biology of dads | Aeon
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Family life

The biology of dads

The bodies and brains of fathers, not just mothers, are transformed through the love and labour of raising a child

James K Rilling