Our eyes, gestures, and tone bring us together in a more profound way than words alone. It’s why we look hopefully toward the return of in-person, face-to-face connection.
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Understanding self-deception, self-sabotage, and more
Neel Burton M.D.
Love is a word with many meanings. But do they all have something in common?
And how they are actually similar.
How to make the most out of boredom.
7 ideas to help you live in the moment.
What we can learn from the orgies of old.
A philosophical cure for fear and anxiety.
The psychology of the reflexive emotions, and the difference between them.
The psychology and philosophy of gardening.
Real gratitude is a rare and accomplished virtue. Learn seven small ways to cultivate it.
Anger is a common and potentially destructive emotion that turns many a human life into a living hell.
To be happy on our own is the highest form of freedom.
And the art of masterful inactivity.
The psychology and philosophy of lying.
The psychology and philosophy of Batman’s Joker.
...And what we should be doing instead.
How patience is being eroded, and why it still matters.
The hypersane are among us, if only we are prepared to look.
Three simple cognitive strategies for regaining calm and perspective.
As Plato says, the penalty for refusing to rule is to be ruled by someone worse than yourself.
A short guide to debate and logical fallacies.
Rhetoric is the art of persuasive speaking or writing. Politics aside, rhetorical devices underlie all our favourite poems and songs and expressions.
And how to improve cognitive flexibility.
An overview of the philosophy of science.
Reasoning about reasoning.
The final installment in a new 10-part series on ego defenses. Sublimation is the channelling of uncomfortable feelings into socially condoned and often productive activities.
The ninth installment in a new 10-part series on ego defenses. The ego defense of projection involves attributing one’s unacceptable thoughts and feelings to others.
Dehumanization is not limited to thugs and rapists, but can also be deployed by decent, upstanding people.
The seventh installment in a new 10-part series on ego defenses.
The sixth in a new 10-part series on ego defenses. Reaction formation is the superficial adoption of ideas and impulses that are diametrically opposed to one’s own.
The fifth installment in a new 10-part series on ego defenses.
Neel Burton, M.D., is a psychiatrist, philosopher, and writer who lives and teaches in Oxford, England.