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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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?

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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

The art of listening | Aeon
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Self-improvement

The art of listening

To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl Rogers made clear, a gift to ourselves

M M Owen

How to be alone | Aeon
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Wellbeing

A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company

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You’ve never been completely honest | Aeon
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Social psychology

A harrowing account of a 1970 ‘leadership seminar’ spotlights self-help’s dark side

11 minutes

The power of diverse thinking | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Workplace diversity isn’t just about equality – it’s a competitive advantage

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When can you trust statistics? | Aeon
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Information and communication

The modern world is littered with statistical noise. Here’s how to find the signal

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The Mozart effect | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

No, Mozart isn’t a brain hack for babies – here’s how music really affects intelligence

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Authenticity is a sham | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

Authenticity is a sham

From monks to existentialists and hipsters, the search for a true self has been a centuries-long project. Should we give it up?

Alexander Stern

The science of wisdom | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

The science of wisdom

Psychological science can now measure and nurture wisdom, superseding the speculations of philosophy and religion

Igor Grossmann

Beware of lateral thinking | Aeon
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Self-improvement

Beware of lateral thinking

De Bono’s popular theory is textbook pseudoscience: unsound, untested and derivative of real (unacknowledged) research

Antonio Melechi

At times of suffering, the greatest gift is accompaniment by another | Aeon
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Ethics

At times of suffering, the greatest gift is accompaniment by another

Nicholaos Jones

Agnes Callard on the agency of becoming | Aeon
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Values and beliefs

How the philosophical paradox of aspiration is resolved by a new theory of self-creation

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Do you have imposter syndrome? | Aeon
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Social psychology

Do you feel like a fraud after a success? It can mean you’re doing something well

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Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success | Aeon
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Education

Why lifelong learning is the international passport to success

Pierre Vandergheynst & Isabelle Vonèche Cardia

Would you rather have a fish or know how to fish? | Aeon
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Knowledge

Would you rather have a fish or know how to fish?

Jonny Robinson

Boredom is but a window to a sunny day beyond the gloom | Aeon
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Virtues and vices

Boredom is but a window to a sunny day beyond the gloom

Neel Burton

How William James encourages us to believe in the possible | Aeon
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Self-improvement

How William James encourages us to believe in the possible

Temma Ehrenfeld

Highbrows and self-helpers | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Highbrows and self-helpers

Woolf loathed it but it spurred her on. Hemingway drew ideas of manliness from it. Self-help haunted the modernist imagination

Beth Blum

Carlotta’s face | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

‘A face is a hilly landscape.’ How a face-blind artist paints what she can’t recognise

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Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser | Aeon
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Self-improvement

Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser

David Robson

The hypersane are among us, if only we are prepared to look | Aeon
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Ethics

The hypersane are among us, if only we are prepared to look

Neel Burton

To boost your self-esteem, write about chapters of your life | Aeon
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Life stages

To boost your self-esteem, write about chapters of your life

Christian Jarrett

Resist and be free | Aeon
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Political philosophy

Resist and be free

More than false choices and options, the highest freedom lies in being true to oneself and defying the expectations of others

Mariam Thalos