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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Everything is going to be fine | Aeon
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The future

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

15 minutes

Linda | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

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

3 minutes

Life in the buff | Aeon
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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

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

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

3 minutes

The great malaise | Aeon
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Wellbeing

Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life

5 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

Skin hunger | Aeon
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Wellbeing

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

17 minutes

Hacking enlightenment | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

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

9 minutes

Rewiring your life | Aeon
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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

Another Hayride | Aeon
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Wellbeing

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

18 minutes

Changed by art | Aeon
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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

Gardening with Nietzsche | Aeon
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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

Rooms | Aeon
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Home

How our rooms shape our world, and vice versa

3 minutes

The peace of wild things | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

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

1 minute

The Starr sisters | Aeon
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Love and friendship

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

15 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

The trauma tracer | Aeon
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Genetics

If trauma can be passed down, could new therapies blunt the transgenerational impact?

9 minutes

How to be at home | Aeon
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Wellbeing

‘Lean into loneliness like it is holding you’ – a poetic reflection on life in lockdown

5 minutes

Is our attention for sale? | Aeon
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Technology and the self

A handful of executives control the ‘attention economy’. Time for attentive resistance

4 minutes

Peter and Ben | Aeon
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Love and friendship

After 30 years of solitude, Peter forms an unlikely friendship with a fellow loner

10 minutes

Scars | Aeon
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Personality

How scars continue to shape the mind long after the tissue has settled

19 minutes

The final nights | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

What a ‘good death’ can look like, in the quiet company of a compassionate stranger

18 minutes

Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice | Aeon
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Medicine

Gentle medicine could radically transform medical practice

Jacob Stegenga