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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Blaulicht (Blue light) | Aeon
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Medicine

What is it like to be a paramedic, navigating human emergency?

17 minutes

Cluster feeding | Aeon
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Life stages

An unvarnished, poetic account of a new mother’s struggle to breastfeed

3 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 rocket on the roof | Aeon
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Personality

Wesley wants to solve the rooftop mystery – but does he have what it takes?

14 minutes

Reasons to be cheerful | Aeon
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History of ideas

Reasons to be cheerful

A cheery mood, you might think, is a terribly self-absorbed response to serious times. But history tells us otherwise

Timothy Hampton

You’re astonishing! | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

You’re astonishing!

Life can be better appreciated when you remember how wonderfully and frighteningly unlikely it is that you exist at all

Timm Triplett

Nine letters | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

A century of letters captures the emotions of life in a new city, far from home

21 minutes

The smile: a history | Aeon
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History

The smile: a history

How our toothy modern smile was invented by a confluence of French dentistry and Parisian portrait-painting in the 1780s

Colin Jones

When hope gets in the way | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

When hope gets in the way

Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But it can also undermine healing and growth

Santiago Delboy

The great malaise | Aeon
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Wellbeing

Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life

5 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

EXCLUSIVEThe first Tuesday in November | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Close-ups on the night of anticipation in the 2020 US presidential elections

6 minutes

A is for autism | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Autistic children and adults sketch out the look and feel of their sensory world

11 minutes

Hope is not optimism | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Hope is not optimism

Even when you know that prospects are grim, hope can help. It’s not just a feeling, but a way to step into the future

David B Feldman & Benjamin W Corn

The meaning of anger | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

The meaning of anger

Is anger like energy, forever changing form but never dissipating, or part of our repertoire of desires, the cry of a need unmet?

Josh Cohen

Fear not | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Fear not

You might think that horror movies are a delicious, trashy pleasure. But watching them has surprisingly wholesome effects

Mathias Clasen

Feeling, in situ | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Feeling, in situ

What if emotions are not universal and hardwired but exquisite acts of meaning-making specific to context and culture?

Elitsa Dermendzhiyska

Chairwork | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Chairwork

It is a powerful, liberating therapy that lets you (literally) shift perspective on who you are, and who you could become

Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

The fog of grief | Aeon
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Life stages

The fog of grief

The five stages of grief can’t begin to explain it: grief affects the body, brain and sense of self, and patience is the key

April Reese

Radical acceptance | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Radical acceptance

The painful feelings you avoid grow twisted in the dark. By facing your sorrows and struggles you can take back your life

Joshua Coleman

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

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

A brief history of melancholy | Aeon
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History of ideas

From imbalanced humours to brain chemistry – on the evolution of melancholy

5 minutes

EXCLUSIVEConor and Kobe | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Grieving Kobe Bryant, Conor wonders: why do untimely celebrity deaths hit so hard?

6 minutes