Why can't I stop thinking about my dead parents?

Whether we miss them, feel guilty about not having appreciated them more or struggle to forgive them, remembering our parents can hurt. Here's how to move on.

Silvia Panizza, Teaching Fellow, University College Dublin • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: children parents death psychology memory philosophy lifes-big-questions forgiveness loss

Is racism and bigotry in our DNA?

If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~16 min

Tags:  dna  evolution  genetics  environment  psychology  ecology  lifes-big-questions  racism  bigotry  xenophobia

Free thought: can you ever be a truly independent thinker?

The captain of a ship, or a soul, doesn't sail while ignoring the wind – sometimes they go with it, sometimes against it, but they always account for it.

Tom Stafford, Lecturer in Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Sheffield • conversation
March 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  brain  psychology  philosophy  advertising  free-will  culture  lifes-big-questions

Happiness: is feeling content more important than purpose and goals?

There are many ways to be happy, but we can also find comfort in the knowledge that our constant dissatisfaction is what makes us human.

Rafael Euba, Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry, King's College London • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~13 min

Tags:  psychology  goals  lifes-big-questions  happiness  personality

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