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The message of Easter the churches forgot

A piece written for The Idler. This week Western Christianity celebrates just about the most profound spiritual truth that human beings have discovered, as Jordan Peterson might put it. It is that death is not the end of things but

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Lessons in narcissistic personality disorders

This piece was published a month back in the Church Times. ABUSIVE church leaders are in the headlines. The reports range from horrific instances of serial sexual abuse to cases of everyday bullying, manipulation, and making threats. The Church is

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The Jordan Peterson effect

Rupert Sheldrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing the new generation of celebrity gurus and popular intellectuals. The clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson, the historian Yuval Noah Harari and the comedian Russell Brand are

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Civilisations and the undiscovered self

A piece written for The Idler, featuring the ideas of Carl Jung, who is the central figure in part 6 of An Introduction to Psychotherapy, released this week. A flurry of public intellectuals are currently promoting their version of our

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The psychodynamics of Brexit

A piece written for The Idler to coincide with the release of part 5 of An Introduction to Psychotherapy. What is going on with Brexit? Some try to disentangle the issues. Only, the truth is that they’re issues tied up

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Donald Winnicott and the need to be idle

A thought on the gaps in life, coinciding with the release of part 4 of the Introduction to Psychotherapy course with the Idler Academy, focusing on the work of Donald Winnicott. The British psychotherapist, Donald Winnicott, became a prominent public

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What to make of the Old Testament

Rupert Shedrake and I have published the latest in our Science Set Free podcasts, discussing what Christians know as the Old Testament. The psalmist sings that God knew us before we were born. The book of Joshua says God ordered

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A Valentine’s Day card from John Bowlby

A message for the 14th February, coinciding with the release of part 3 of the Introduction to Psychotherapy course with the Idler Academy, focusing on the work of John Bowlby. It’s Valentine’s Day. It’s time to think about love. But

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The importance of Melanie Klein

The second part of An Introduction to Psychotherapy with The Idler Academy is released today. It focuses on Melanie Klein, about whom a few thoughts here… Melanie Klein could be the most important psychotherapist you’ve never heard of. She is

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Sigmund Freud uncovered

I’ve a new online course at The Idler Academy, an introduction to psychotherapy. The first part, on Sigmund Freud, is released today. And here are a few thoughts… Freud is, today, widely misunderstood. Maybe that’s the inevitable fate of an

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