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Learn about the flawed promise of consumerism (and how to get better at shopping) in our latest book How to Survive the Modern World. Find out more:
The Challenges of Modernity: "We are now all inhabitants of modernity; every last hamlet and remote island has been touched by the outlook and ideology of a new era." Read more:…
A guide to making sense of unsteady times. How to Survive the Modern World is out now, learn more:
The true origins of shyness lie not in under-confidence but, very often, in self-hatred. We will be able to face social situations with energy and self-belief when we finally become able to like ourselves a little more.
Freud's Porcupine: "Sigmund Freud thought a lot about porcupines. In tribute to their perplexities around intimacy, he placed a bronze model of one on his desk, first in Vienna and later in London, where it remains to this day." Read more:
What Brain Scans Reveal About Our Minds: "After we have been awed all we can be by the brain, we can admit that this machine nevertheless presents us with as many problems as it does solutions." Read more:
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What Rothko's Art Teaches Us About Suffering: "Rothko’s art did not save his life; it will have prevented many others from taking theirs." Read more:
Discovery why 'clingy' children want (and need) attention. The Good Enough Parent, out now:…
A class that shows us how to escape unfruitful and loneliness-inducing small talk and how elegantly to start to have properly enriching connections with others. Book for Tues 5th Oct, 6.15pm:
Modernity has wreaked havoc on our inner and outer landscapes. Coming soon: How to Survive the Modern World.…
Modernity is a kind of disease. Understanding it will be the cure.
The oddness of children should be celebrated — not censured. The Good Enough Parent, out now:…
Discover why the secret to good parenting is to lower your expectations. The Good Enough Parent, out now:…
We tend to experience a deep sense of shame around feelings of loneliness. This shame can be alleviated by understanding loneliness as a vital guide to our need for love.
If you're low on motivation, read this.
On Gossip: "What identifies gossip is the pretence that only certain people are foolish, sexual, embarrassing and prone to lose their tempers or say things they regret." Read more:…
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How the Media Damages Our Faith in Humanity: "Modern technology has done us one incalculable disservice: it has introduced us to one another on a global scale." Read more:
What is culture really for? Explore how best can we draw value from culture in order to lead more emotionally fulfilling lives in this 2.5 hour class, Weds 29th Sept, 6.15pm
Why We Secretly Love Bad News: "There is a complicated truth behind our nastiest impulses: we are nasty chiefly because we are unhappy." Read more:…
We host regular Virtual Conversation evenings online for members of our Friends Scheme. Join today to find out more:…
The School of Life for Business is a resource for professionals seeking to discover ideas and strategies for making career breakthroughs. Sign-up to our newsletter to receive our latest thinking straight to your inbox:
What is Self Knowledge? Know Yourself In a Day is for anyone who wishes to explore what truly interests, motivates and excites them, as well as what lies behind some of their most significant fears, anxieties, and sorrows. Book now:
We don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beauty of Islamic gardens — nor the wisdom they’re designed to teach us.
Raising a child to be an authentic and mentally robust adult is one of life’s great challenges. It is also, fortunately, not a matter of luck. Learn more:
Celebrity Crushes: "What is evident is that the celebrity crush isn’t a simple inanity; it’s a serious prism through which we glimpse, with rare clarity, certain of the agonies of modern existence." Read more:
Start your Monday with some motivation:
Book a ticket for our Book Launch Event 'The Good Enough Parent', Weds 22nd Sept 7.30pm. Tickets from £15.…
Why Good Parents Have Naughty Children: "We should learn to see naughtiness as belonging to health rather than delinquency – and conversely learn to fear small people who cause no trouble whatsoever." Read more:
On the Curiosity of Children: "One of the things it’s easiest to forget about children is that they are aliens recently descended from another planet." Read more:…
No one wants to fall mentally ill. Yet, paradoxically, our insistence on always maintaining perfect mental health may make us more susceptible to becoming unwell.
How to Lend a Child Confidence: "A near-universal goal of parents is to try to imbue their children with confidence. But how to imbue this confidence remains a complex matter." Read more:…
When it comes to parenting, small things matter. The Good Enough Parent | Out now:…
The Importance of Play: "When children have driven us to the edge of sanity, we should keep in mind how much we remain in debt to their ever-present call to bend reality in the direction of our dreams." Read more:…
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The Significance of Parenthood: "We will – in our role as parents – be terrified, exhausted, resentful, enchanted and forever spared any lingering doubt as to our significance or role on the earth." Read more:…
The Good Enough Parent is a philosophical approach to parenting, one that assures us perfection is not required. Learn more:
Listening to Children: "Most so-called bad behaviour is an entirely understandable response to not having been heard for what children have not – as yet – been able clearly or diplomatically to say." Read more:
To celebrate the launch of The Good Enough Parent by The School of Life, we invite you to a virtual discussion between podcaster Clemmie Telford and faculty member Tracey Fox. Click here for details:
Why Children Need an Emotional Education: "The most basic and never-to-be-forgotten fact about any infant is that it is born into a state of radical immaturity." Read more:…
Introducing The Good Enough Parent: a guide to raising contented, interesting and resilient children from The School of Life. Out now:
Few of us consider ourselves capable of hurting others. But everyone has the capacity to cause profound psychological damage - and we should keep this fact in mind when dealing with our fellow humans.
A More Self-Accepting Life: "One of the ways we can accelerate change is to anticipate what it might be like to have made progress with our psyches. Here is some of what we might expect when we have come to lead more self-accepting lives..." Read more:
"What we call naughtiness is really an early exploration of authenticity and independence." Read an excerpt of our new book 'The Good Enough Parent', out on Thursday:
How Perfectionism Makes Us Ill: "Perfectionism, tragically, does not spring primarily from a love of perfection in and of itself. It has its origins in far more regrettable feeling of never being good enough." Read more:…
Our Tragic Condition: "Tragedy is sadly not limited to legendary examples on the stage that we can leave behind after a few hours. The tragic dimension follows us deep into our own lives." Read more:
Book our virtual class, How to Identify Your Career Potential, for Tuesday 7 September:…
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