Tag: alain de botton

SARTRE ON: Bad Faith

In being and nothingness written in 1943 the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre identified a problem which he believed plagued modern life. Mauvaise Foi, literally...

Why Are People So Nasty?

It happens pretty much all the time: a small jabbing comment, a joke at our expense amidst a group of old friends, a line of...

The Problem with Over-Friendly People

There’s a particularly poignant way one can be a social disaster: through over-friendliness. A pattern of behaviour driven by the very best of motives which...

Why We Go Off People Who Like Us

Ostensibly we all want love, But Oddly, one of the hardest things to do is not hold it against people When they do actually turn...

Self-Hatred & Anxiety

The temptation, with dealing with anxiety, is always and invariably to focus on the ostensible cause of our worry: the journey to the airport, the...

Can People Change?

‘Can people change?’ The question may sound somewhat abstract and disinterested, as if one were asking for a friend or for the universe, but it...

Self Compassion

To survive in this high pressured, crazy world most of us have to become highly adept at self-criticism. We learn how to tell ourselves off...

PHILOSOPHY – Albert Camus

Albert Camus was an extremely handsome, mid 20th century French Algerian philosopher and writer whose claim to our attention is based on three novels: The...

The Children of Snobs

Given how pejorative the term is, we’re understandably keen to locate snobs somewhere far from us. They are the people in the newspaper, or the...