How a secret European language ‘made a rabbit’ and survived

How Rotwelsch, the secret lingo of vagrants who mistrusted big words and official institutions, survived via police archives | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 days ago

Rise up fellow complainers, let’s be vulnerable together

Complaining can be socially beneficial, even morally generous. The skill is to use it to build relationships of trust | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 19 days ago

Pseudophilosophy encourages confused, self-indulgent thinking

Pseudophilosophy can result from simple misunderstanding or wilful obscurity. The cure is basic critical thinking skills | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 19 days ago

The antidote to fake news is to nourish our epistemic wellbeing

There’s more to wellbeing than physical and mental health: we also need epistemic wellbeing, or good access to knowledge | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 28 days ago

Serendipity, seeing bridges where others see gaps, taking actions to create luck

Most of us think that luck just happens (or doesn’t) but everyone can learn to look for the unexpected and find serendipity | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 1 month ago

The mathematical case against blaming people for their misfortune

Complexity science reveals the hard limits of our predictive abilities, and makes a mathematical case for compassion | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 1 month ago

Love’s contradictions: Catullus on the agony of infatuation

Behold a man tortured on the rack, pulled apart by love and hate: how to understand Catullus’s best-known poem | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 1 month ago

Introverts are excluded unfairly in an extraverts’ world

One in three people are introverts, physically present, but culturally absent. We shouldn’t have to change to be heard | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 1 month ago

Why are there so few children’s books set in the suburbs?

Children’s literature thrives on beautiful, imaginative or surprising encounters – so no wonder it shuns the suburbs | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 2 months ago

Talking out loud to yourself is a technology for thinking

Talking out loud to oneself is a technology for thinking that allows us to clarify and sharpen our approach to a problem | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 2 months ago

How to let go of a lifelong dream

Adaptability is as much of a virtue as grit. Overcome any feelings of loss or failure by pivoting toward a new passion | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 2 months ago

Are people with dark personality traits more likely to succeed?

Turn towards the light: contrary to popular belief, nice guys have more success and happiness in the long run | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 2 months ago

How to Be Resilient

Life is unpredictable. Brace yourself with a suite of coping mechanisms, internal and external, then deploy them flexibly | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 3 months ago

Recognise the creativity behind crime, then you can thwart it

The malevolent creativity of criminals has many parallels with the benevolent creativity of artists and entrepreneurs | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 3 months ago

How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Avoidance will only foster more conflict. Aim for a shared understanding with these techniques from an expert mediator | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 3 months ago

How to Know Who’s Trustworthy

Knotty problems call for sound advice. Use philosophy to find the intellectually dependable amid the frauds and egotists | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 3 months ago

The rise of the bystander as a complicit historical actor

‘The appalling silence of the good people’: how the bystander rose to prominence as a morally complicit actor in history | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 3 months ago

The radical aristocrat who put kindness on a scientific footing

Peter Kropotkin took on social Darwinism, casting evolution in a cooperative light and laying the groundwork for mutual aid | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 4 months ago

How to Enjoy Coffee

Smooth like chocolate or fruity like a berry, coffee has as many tastes as wine or beer – you just need to know your beans | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 4 months ago

Adam Smith warned us about sympathising with the elites

Sympathy is both key to human psychology and source of much of our misery. For Adam Smith, the philosophical life is the cure | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 4 months ago

For Montaigne, verbal jousting is the only way to reach truth

In a disagreement, you must face your opponent: only by verbal jousting will you reach the truth, said Michel de Montaigne | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 4 months ago

Freedom needs friction: lessons in choice from French history

The French Revolution set freedom on a collision course with choice, showing how a break with habit can author a new self | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 4 months ago

Handcraft lessons belong in a radical school curriculum

Handcraft lessons in school can stitch empathy, sustainability and resilience to the shared knowledge of communal heritage | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

What Is a Minimally Good Life?

Would you be willing to swap your life with that of the least fortunate person in your society? A philosophical test for justice | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

How to Make Friends as an Adult

Friendships give us so much. Be bold, take the initiative, and you’ll be surprised how many people are pleased to connect | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

How to Save Money

Aside from basic needs, your financial priorities are up to you. Resist short-termism by keeping in mind your values and goals | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

Ode to desolation – life in a fire lookout tower [video]

Watching for wildfires merges ancient and modern in our relationship to nature | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

To be creative, Chinese philosophy teaches us to abandon ‘originality’

Whether grieving a death or connecting to colleagues, creativity enables an artful life, according to Chinese philosophy | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

How to Be Indistractable

Stop blaming technology – distraction starts within. Manage your inner triggers to enjoy greater focus and a fuller life | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 5 months ago

How to Foster ‚Shoshin‘

It’s easy for the mind to become closed to new ideas. Cultivating a beginner’s mind helps us rediscover the joy of learning | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 6 months ago

You want people to do the right thing? Save them the guilt trip

If you want to inspire people to do the right thing, don’t guilt-trip them. Positive emotions are a more powerful motivator | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 6 months ago

How to not fear your death: An Epicurean perspective

You exist, but one day you won’t. An Epicurean perspective can help you feel less afraid, and even grateful for life’s finitude | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 6 months ago

Why efficiency is dangerous and slowing down makes life better

The urge to do everything faster and better is risky. Far wiser to do what’s good enough for the range of possible futures | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 6 months ago

Way to exercise self-control is not to exercise it at all

Accept it: your self-control is weak. You’re more likely to reach long-term goals if you find ways to avoid temptation | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 6 months ago

Introverts are excluded unfairly in an extraverts’ world

One in three people are introverts, physically present, but culturally absent. We shouldn’t have to change to be heard | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 7 months ago

How to Read More Books

Modern life can feel too frantic for books. Use these habit-building strategies to carve out time for the joy of reading | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 7 months ago

How to engage with life when you feel down

Withdrawing from activities you enjoy is both a product and cause of low mood. Break the cycle with behavioural activation | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 7 months ago

Let’s avoid talk of ‘chemical imbalance’: it’s people in distress – Psyche Ideas

The ‘chemical imbalance’ trope is appealing but dehumanising, and has heightened stigma towards people with mental illness | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 7 months ago

Our greatest invention was the invention of invention itself – Psyche Ideas

Hypothetical thinking is the key to sustained innovation and creativity: invention drove the evolution of the human mind | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 8 months ago

It’s time to hear what adolescents think of mindfulness in schools

Mindfulness for adolescents backfires when it imposes moral ideals, stirs up trauma, or fails to treat young people as agents | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 8 months ago

How to have a safe psychedelic trip

A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 8 months ago

A touch of absurdity can help to wrap your mind around reality

And now for something completely different: how a dose of the surreal or absurd helps to make sense of our place in the world | Continue reading


@psyche.co | 9 months ago