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The view from Maslow’s peak (I) – Living through a thought experiment

A 20th-century psychologist called Abraham Maslow developed a “hierarchy of needs” which he thought human beings had to navigate in order to feel fulfilled in their lives. He depicted it as a pyramid: At the bottom are the bare necessities … Continue reading

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The view from Maslow’s peak (II) – Going with a different sort of flow

Don’t agonize about success or failure. Just do what you must do as well as you possibly can. In the process you may eventually transcend triumph and disaster. That is how to meet those two impostors. Those are the last … Continue reading

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The view from Maslow’s Peak (III) – In my end is my beginning (a personal history)

Every now and then, I see someone post on social media the following passage from the point of view of the protagonist Esther in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and every time it is met with a flurry of wistful … Continue reading

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The bee

  Footnotes 1. I used the iPad app Paper by 53– an app that allows people who can’t draw to draw- to create this. I am indebted to the “Mastering Paper by 53” series on a website called Made Mistakes for … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf (II) – The evolution of self-help

I’m terrible at art, but have recently decided to give it a go for want of things to do. Because I lack an artistic imagination, I decided to start off by drawing things I can see; and from my preferred … Continue reading

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3 evidence-based ideas for a thoughtful and productive life, as learned from a simple exercise routine (with a surprise cameo from Lord Krishna!)

The final phase of my physical rehabilitation has begun, in which I have to go to the gym and use the exercise bike every day. I find myself looking forward to squeezing my lumpen self into gym clothes and perspiring … Continue reading

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Jane Austen, Free-Trait-Theorist

Ordinarily, I would never have read Quiet- The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain for two reasons, both unfair- first, I’d half-watched the TED talk and it had left me cold, and second, I … Continue reading

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