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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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Consciousness and altered states

A reader’s guide to microdosing

How to use small doses of psychedelics to lift your mood, enhance your focus, and fire your creativity

Tunde Aideyan

A shirtless man in jeans lies sleeping beside his 1970s era car on the sandy beach
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Work

Disengage

Modern life subjects us to all-consuming demands. That’s why we should reflect on what it means to step away from it all

David J Siegel

A woman helps another woman to her feet in a clearing among flowers.
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Mental health

People not professionals

Training individuals to support one another through difficult times is a profound step forward in our mental health crisis

Arjun Kapoor & Jasmine Kalha

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Art

Negative capability

When it comes to our complicated, undecipherable feelings, art prompts a self-understanding far beyond the wellness industry

Aparna Chivukula

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Information and communication

To converse well

A good conversation bridges the distances between people and imbues life with pleasure and a sense of discovery

Paula Marantz Cohen

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Wellbeing

Through a poetic account of childhood trauma, one woman reclaims her past

28 minutes

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

The space between us

In order to understand and heal mental distress, we must see our minds as existing in relationships, not inside our heads

James Barnes

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The future

What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?

15 minutes

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Pondering the peculiar one-sided intimacy of the client-therapist relationship

3 minutes

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Subcultures

Life in the buff

Naturists believed nudity was profoundly beneficial to society. In order to spread the message, they took to photography

Annebella Pollen

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Gender and identity

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

6 minutes

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Wellbeing

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

3 minutes

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Wellbeing

Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life

5 minutes

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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

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Wellbeing

A unique theatre performance explores what touch means in an age of lockdown

17 minutes

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Consciousness and altered states

‘Meditation without meditating’ might be possible. Can it also be made ethical?

9 minutes

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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Rewiring your life

A radical therapy based on eye movements can desensitise painful memories, heal hurts and aid transformation at warp speed

Deborah Korn

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Wellbeing

The controversial New Age guru who believed self-love healed all – even AIDS

18 minutes

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Art

Changed by art

Gazing at a painting feels like an almost magical encounter with another mind but what real effects does art have on us?

Ellen Winner

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Meaning and the good life

Amid the chaos of being, Nietzsche believed that plants offer us inspiration for living

8 minutes

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Home

How our rooms shape our world, and vice versa

3 minutes

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Nature and landscape

The poet Wendell Berry reflects on the sublime peace of escaping into wilderness

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Love and friendship

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

15 minutes

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Childhood and adolescence

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

14 minutes