Should you feel proud rather than guilty that you’ve been depressed? Why would anyone be proud of being depressed? There are some positive answers to be found in art. They show depression could mean you’re creative and maybe clever too - but also better connected socially. Depression is a painful condition, but I’m not alone in reckoning that it offers some advantages.
What does it look like to be bored, to be melancholy or depressed, or even just to be thinking? In photography, in art, and in real-life there are often striking similarities. There's usually a head-on-the-hand. But there are some differences and that's what I'll try to show you here. See if you can spot them at the next meeting you attend.
Gorillas like to play games and when they do, they sometimes lose deliberately. Why? “Self-handicapping” encourages their playmate to keep on with the game. Jealousy can be very like play—there are triangles, winners and losers, and feelings run high. This is very true of workplace jealousy. Does self-handicapping have a role to play in mitigating workplace jealousy?
There are three harrowing stories here, one modern concerning Katherine Knight, and two from Greek mythology concerning Procne and Atreus. Mental derangement, jealousy and resentment, and profoundly dysfunctional families are at the heart of the cannibalistic stories. They dramatize the harm that is inflicted on the innocent in order to punish the apparently guilty.
Real literacy rates in advanced economies are lower than you might expect. This reduces the accessibility of digital technology for many people whose literacy is not strong. The common claims that the Digital Revolution is changing the way people experience emotions – such as loneliness, love, jealousy, boredom - may need to be treated with considerable caution.
What does it mean to be lonely and how do say that you are lonely? Is language enough to describe it? Are you lonely just because you think you are lonely and say you are lonely? Or are specific circumstances required for there to be loneliness? What does loneliness mean for the animal and human brain? Is loneliness and the word “loneliness” common to all cultures?
In Turkey in the fourth century three bored young women are having trouble finding husbands. Their father can’t raise their dowry. So they stay endlessly on at home. Are they just bored or are they frightened?
Capgras Syndrome is a rare and fascinating illness. It's all about doubles and it has an unexpectedly long history, especially in literature, where it's often linked with jealousy. This idea of the double captures the crazy essence of jealousy. It mocks its logic.