Tag: alain de botton

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...

HISTORY OF IDEAS – The Renaissance

The phenomenon known as the Renaissance is one of the standard stops on any tour through the history of Western culture. It encompasses a roughly...

How to Remain Calm With People

One of the most important ways to calm down is the power to hold on. Even in challenging situations to a distinction between what someone...

The Capacity to Give up on People

For noble and very understandable reasons, we’ve come to associate maturity and kindness with a capacity not to give up on people. Our heroes and...

Why Truly Sociable People Hate Parties

The idea of being a sociable person is nowadays heavily associated with finding enjoyment in going to, and in all likelihood also in giving, parties....