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Privileged glimpses 10: Sympathy isn’t usually helpful

Empathy acknowledges and validates problems and emotions but then moves on to find solutions. Sympathy merely validates distress but offers no help to overcome it. In fact sympathy risks prolonging distress. Continue reading

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Privileged glimpses 9: Lapse is different from relapse

It is neither necessary nor desirable to convince people that they’ve failed when all they’ve really done is stumble a little along their path to success. Continue reading

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Civilisation 24: Cleanthes

I wouldn’t have liked Cleanthes very much. I think I’d have found him a little too dour and serious for my tastes but his influence upon Stoicism cannot be denied. Continue reading

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Civilisation 23: Zeno of Citium

Zeno taught that negative emotions (we might say ‘unpleasant’ or ‘unhelpful’ emotions today) result from poor judgement and mental indiscipline Continue reading

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Civilisation 22: Epicurus

Epicurus inhabited an Athens that was well used to thinking, to mental exploration and to philosophical controversy. And how he must have loved it. Continue reading

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5 easy tricks to keep you happy

5 really important strategies for happiness that most people don’t know – and never will Continue reading

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Civilisation20: The amazing Aristotle

I like Aristotle. In fact, out of all the thinkers, movers and shakers we’ve discussed so, far he’s the one I’d most like to spend an evening in the pub with. Continue reading

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