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  • Why Hegel knew there would be days like these
    Why Hegel knew there would be days like these The German philosopher Hegel helps us to understand that progress in societies is never linear, and that these societies may have to go through a variety of ...
  • How to cope with impotence
    How to cope with impotence The cause of certain kinds of impotence lies in a curious and poignant area: with excessive respect. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship ...
  • Love and Sulking
    Love and Sulking It's deeply tempting to get into sulks in relationships. We should, however, always strive to explain, rather than silently act out, our rage. If you like our films, take a ...
  • The Mind Body Problem
    The Mind Body Problem The Mind-Body problem is one of the greatest conundrums of philosophy and of our everyday lives too. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship ...
  • Why, how & when to Flirt
    Why, how & when to Flirt Flirting is an art that deserves to be far more widely known and far more often practiced. Here is a short guide. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ...
  • The Purpose of Friendship
    The Purpose of Friendship Our desire to build good and lasting friendships is often undermined by a lack of focus on what friendship should really be about. Getting clear about what ...
  • How to Travel in your Mind
    How to Travel in your Mind There is a huge emphasis on having new experiences; but very little emphasis on revisiting them in memory. We would be wiser (and happier) if we learnt to ...
  • Why Love requires Generosity
    Why Love requires Generosity We're used to thinking about love as a kind of admiration for perfection. But there's another side to what love should mean: tolerance for, and imagination about, ...
  • How We Lie to Ourselves
    How We Lie to Ourselves We are masters at knowing how to lie to ourselves. We pay a heavy price for this self-deception. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): ...
  • Why You Can Change The World
    Why You Can Change The World Though it looks like the world is set in its ways, it is in fact eminently open to change by those who dare to swim into the stream of history. If you like our films, take ...
  • How not to be Angry all the Time
    How not to be Angry all the Time At the root of some of our angriest moods lies a surprising emotion: optimism. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): ...
  • How to Get Over Someone
    How to Get Over Someone Getting over someone begins with the need to realise that there are curious pleasures available from NOT getting over them… If you like our films, take a look at ...
  • Why We Could Love Anyone
    Why We Could Love Anyone The modern world associates love with finding one very special person in whom to pour all one's affection. But what if a deeper understanding of love amounted ...
  • How to be Warm
    How to be Warm Being polite isn't enough to win one friends. We also need to learn the art of being warm: this begins with having the right sort of relationship to our own ...
  • What are the Alternatives to Marriage?
    What are the Alternatives to Marriage? Marriage brings with it a lot of problems; are there some alternatives? If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https://goo.gl/5Wo4j5 Join ...
  • Why We Go Cold On Our Partners
    Why We Go Cold On Our Partners Going cold on our partners is often a sign not that we have stopped caring, but that we are - somewhere deep down - furious or hurt. If you like our films, take a ...
  • What America Is Getting For Christmas
    What America Is Getting For Christmas Lego announces an exciting new Lego range: The Trumps! If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https://goo.gl/STniqg Join our ...
  • Should We Laugh Or Should We Cry?
    Should We Laugh Or Should We Cry? Given how difficult the world can often be, should we cry – or might we still laugh? If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): ...
  • Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad
    Why Our Partners Drive Us Mad We don't end up with maddening partners by mistake. We're driven towards them by quirks of our psychology we should learn to understand better. If you like ...
  • The Importance Of Affectionate Teasing
    The Importance Of Affectionate Teasing Knowing how to tease and be teased affectionately is a secret to knowing how to get on well with others. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship ...
  • Why Small Pleasures Are a Big Deal
    Why Small Pleasures Are a Big Deal Knowing how to derive satisfaction from small pleasures is key to a good life. Here is a short guide. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship ...
  • What Do Cynical People Really Want?
    What Do Cynical People Really Want? What lies behind the pessimism and witty bitterness of the cynic? As always: a lot of pain… If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): ...
  • Why We Don't Really Want to be Nice
    Why We Don't Really Want to be Nice Being 'nice' sounds a bit eerie and strange. It shouldn't really. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): https://goo.gl/paVKhY Join our ...
  • Why Socrates Hated Democracy
    Why Socrates Hated Democracy We're used to thinking hugely well of democracy. But interestingly, one of the wisest people who ever lived, Socrates, had deep suspicions of it. If you like our ...
  • LITERATURE - George Orwell
    LITERATURE - George Orwell George Orwell is the most famous English language writer of the 20th century, the author of Animal Farm and 1984. What was he trying to tell us and what is his ...
  • How To Cope With Snobbery
    How To Cope With Snobbery The existence of snobbery explains why we work so hard and are so worried about our reputations. We are all terrified of humiliation and disrespect. If you like ...
  • The Importance of Soft Toys
    The Importance of Soft Toys Children's relationships with soft toys is neither superficial nor unimportant to psychological development. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship ...
  • Philosophical Meditation
    Philosophical Meditation At the School of Life, we've pioneered a new form of Meditation we call Philosophical Meditation, designed to help with anxiety, sadness and a lack of direction.
  • Cultural Mining
    Cultural Mining Cultural Mining is the term given to the extraction of valuable ideas from the raw ore of culture. It's what we do every day at The School of Life. If you like our films, ...
  • The Fragility of Good Government
    The Fragility of Good Government We are not living in an age of unusual folly. We're simply rediscovering how rare good government has ever been – and how much there was to appreciate.
  • Resilience In Hard Times
    Resilience In Hard Times At the very darkest points of individual and national life, we need – more than ever – to practice the art of resilience. If you like our films, take a look at our shop ...
  • Why Introspection Matters
    Why Introspection Matters Most of our mistakes come down to one crucial error: our failure to understand ourselves well enough. That's why we need to learn the art of introspection.
  • Are You A Sleazebag?
    Are You A Sleazebag? There's an appalling possibility that we are – or might be becoming – sleazy. The film offers a checklist of whether this might really be a danger. If you like our ...
  • POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For?
    POP CULTURE: What Is Cinema For? We all love films, but often don't think hard enough about the role of cinema in our lives and in society more generally. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE ...
  • Why We’re Fated to be Lonely
    Why We’re Fated to be Lonely Loneliness shouldn't be seen as a strange aberration; it's a basic feature of life we should make our peace with in good time. If you like our films, take a look at ...
  • Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Feelings
    Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Feelings It can be very hard to detect just how much our judgement is constantly affected by our feelings. We should – at points – take care to be very sceptical of our first ...
  • Why Are People So Nasty?
    Why Are People So Nasty? The origins of nastiness in other people can be deeply hard to fathom, especially if we have done nothing to them. The answer is strangely and consolingly ...
  • Sexual Rejection
    Sexual Rejection Sexual rejection can spark off intensely powerful and destructive emotions. We should learn to tame them before they get out of control. If you like our films, take ...
  • Why We Sulk and How Not To
    Why We Sulk and How Not To We get into sulks for reasons we should strive to understand and – gently – correct. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): ...
  • How Love Stories Ruin Our Love Lives
    How Love Stories Ruin Our Love Lives The love stories we read and see are often hugely unhelpful to our chances of having satisfying relationships, for the expectations they raise are as naïve as they ...
  • Why We Go Off People Who Like Us
    Why We Go Off People Who Like Us Though we long for certain people to like us, an odd thing can happen once they do. What is the origin of our strange coolness towards those who show ...
  • Is It Better to Be Polite or Frank?
    Is It Better to Be Polite or Frank? We live in an age that thinks highly of frankness and directness. But there are – nevertheless – a few reasons why politeness remains a hugely important quality.
  • PHILOSOPHY - David Hume
    PHILOSOPHY - David Hume David Hume is one of Scotland's greatest philosophers (Adam Smith is another, about whom we also have a film ...
  • HISTORY: CONSUMERISM
    HISTORY: CONSUMERISM It's only very recently in history that we've been able to buy more than the bare necessities. Can the history of consumption guide us to a wiser future? If you like ...
  • Why Boys Are Mean To Girls They Like
    Why Boys Are Mean To Girls They Like It can be very hard to keep admitting to yourself and the world that you like someone – when it seems they may not like you. If you like our films, take a look at our ...
  • Why Love and Teaching Belong Together
    Why Love and Teaching Belong Together We might believe that a true lover shouldn't try to teach us to change in any way – but in fact, an acceptance of a legitimate role for education in love is key to the ...
  • Are You A Classical Or Romantic Voter?
    Are You A Classical Or Romantic Voter? We're used to splitting voters into right and left camps, but might there be a more fruitful division between 'classical' and 'romantic' voters? Which one are you?
  • The Pleasures Of Outdoor Sex
    The Pleasures Of Outdoor Sex It's always far more uncomfortable to make love outside than in – so where does the added charge and interest come from? If you like our films, take a look at our ...
  • POP CULTURE: Why Music Works
    POP CULTURE: Why Music Works Music may be the finest therapy humanity has ever invented. If you like our films, take a look at our shop (we ship worldwide): http://bit.ly/2czLAUv FURTHER ...
  • The Dangers Of Being Dutiful
    The Dangers Of Being Dutiful We associate being dutiful with being safe – that's how it worked at school. But once we are in the big world, too much of a concern for duty can be our downfall.