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How to Have a Good Conversation

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We too often imagine that ‘good conversations’ are things we fall into out of luck. Far from it, knowing how to have a good conversation is a skill that can be learnt […]

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Alain de Botton: On Love | Sydney Opera House

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Twenty-first century depictions of love and marriage are shaped by a set of Romantic myths and misconceptions and with his trademark warmth and wit, Alain de Botton explores the complex landscape of […]

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What History Teaches Us About Having an Affair

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Having an affair is – nowadays – considered hugely taboo and shocking as well. However, that’s not always been the case, and it might not be the case forever. We should look […]

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How to Get Over Someone

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Getting over someone begins with the need to realise that there are curious pleasures available from NOT getting over them… If you like our films, take a look at …

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How to Start a Business

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We’re often encouraged to think that the secret to starting is a business is to have a bold and entirely original idea. But the suggestion here is that all we really need […]

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How Our Childhoods Affect Our Adult Lives

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Without anyone meaning for this to happen, we’ve all come through childhood bearing a distinctive range of emotional scars. The task is to understand what these are, counteract their worst effects on […]

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The Appeal of Violent Criminals

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Violent criminals are strangely compelling and consoling to read or hear about on the news. The reason is specific but unmentioned: they make us feel so normal. And so good. If you […]

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Overcoming Bad Inner Voices

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All of us have deeply unhelpful inner voices inside us, dragging us down with criticisms and unfair accusations. Wisdom involves learning how to replace them with more benevolent guides. For gifts and […]

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Being A Good Listener

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We hear a lot about how to speak well in public, but very little about how to learn the equally important art of listening properly to others. If you like our films […]

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How Not to be Boring

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No one is ever boring: we just seem boring when we haven’t learnt the surprisingly easy art of being honest about our vulnerabilities. For gifts and more from The School of Life, […]

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How To Choose A Partner Wisely

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We’re given very little guidance on how to choose our partners and tend to leave it to that mysterious force we know as ‘instinct’. However, it truly pays to be a little […]

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How to Make an Attractive City

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We’ve grown good at making many things in the modern world – but strangely the art of making attractive cities has been lost. Here are some key principles for how to make […]

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One Reason Homes Cost So Much

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Very high house prices aren’t an act of God or a fact of nature. They’re the result of all sorts of policy and design mistakes – which we should try to understand […]

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LITERATURE – George Orwell

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George Orwell is the most famous English language writer of the 20th century, the author of Animal Farm and 1984. What was he trying to tell us and what is his genius? […]

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