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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
My Duduś | Aeon
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Animals and humans

What happened when one woman raised an abandoned squirrel as her own

8 minutes

Perfecting the art of longing | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

‘Let me dream you into my reality’: memories illuminate an unthinkable isolation

12 minutes

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

Connected | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Skiing blind is a challenge – but it helps to have a loved one to guide you

20 minutes

Tainted love | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Tainted love

Love is both a wonderful thing and a cunning evolutionary trick to control us. A dangerous cocktail in the wrong hands

Anna Machin

Composite | Aeon
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Information and communication

From mental image to sketch – how memories and emotions conjure up a face

23 minutes

The love story story | Aeon
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History of ideas

The love story story

Neither psychology nor anthropology fully understand love: only history sees that it’s all about the time and the telling

Barbara H Rosenwein

Deal breakers | Aeon
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Personality

Art students divulge (and animate) the dating pet peeves they find unforgivable

3 minutes

The dark side of love | Aeon
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Mental health

When crushes become crushing – how to know if you’re in a ‘limerent episode’

4 minutes

Inga | Aeon
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Life stages

Love evolves and death isn’t worth your worry – life lessons from an 88-year-old

7 minutes

Attached | Aeon
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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

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

Colette | Aeon
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War and peace

A French resistance fighter reluctantly revisits her past in this Oscar-winning portrait

25 minutes

My brother’s keeper | Aeon
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Love and friendship

A former Guantánamo Bay prisoner and his guard reunite as equals 13 years later

21 minutes

Bear with me | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Can you find ‘home’ in another person? What it’s like to follow love across borders

5 minutes

Turn off the gaslight | Aeon
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Mental health

Turn off the gaslight

The skilled manipulator casts a shadow of doubt over everything that you feel or think. Therapy can bring the daylight in

Ramani Durvasula

The Starr sisters | Aeon
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Love and friendship

After traumatic childhoods, two sisters dedicate their golden years to fun

15 minutes

In dog years | Aeon
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Animals and humans

The joys and heartbreaks of loving a creature who ages faster than you

11 minutes

Broomstick weddings | Aeon
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Rituals and celebrations

Broomstick weddings

From Kentucky to Wales and all across the Atlantic, the enslaved and downtrodden got married – by leaping over a broom. Why?

Tyler D Parry

The trouble with love and sex | Aeon
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Love and friendship

‘What does sex mean to you?’ A fly-on-the-wall view of relationship counselling

50 minutes

No ball games | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

Immerse yourself in the games kids play when the streets are their playground

14 minutes

Why do we love? A philosophical enquiry | Aeon
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History of ideas

For proof that love is timeless, consider how long philosophers have debated it

6 minutes

The need to touch | Aeon
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Neuroscience

The need to touch

The language of touch binds our minds and bodies to the broader social world. What happens when touch becomes taboo?

Laura Crucianelli

My sister, my mirror | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

My sister, my mirror

Vanessa and Virginia – intimates in art, adversaries in love. Can we ever transcend the primal envy of the sisterly bond?

Lily Dunn