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As The Times reports this week, stories can help us deal with the ups and downs of life

“Men tend to like factual books, while women read novels, but if boys learned to love fiction society would benefit,” reports The Times this week. The article continues: “Mary Main and colleagues, at the University of California, Berkeley, have found … Continue reading

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Smiling makes you happier, says experts – and confident body language makes you more confident, we say

Grinning and bearing it really is the best way to deal with stress. According to experts at the University of Kansas, as reported in The Daily Telegraph earlier this week, the simple act of smiling might make you feel happy … Continue reading

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The Financial Times’ Shrink and Sage are right – our lives do need a narrative

Do our lives need a narrative? It’s a question posed this week in the FT magazine’s The Shrink & The Sage slot. The conclusion both the FT’s regular psychologist and its philosopher come to is broadly, ‘yes’ we do. As … Continue reading

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Peter Higgs is right to enjoy being proved right – but for most of us it carries risks

Peter Higgs has finally witnessed the evidence to support his hypothesis that the so-called ‘God particle’ exists. It’s often suggested that this is a breakthrough on a par with the discovery of DNA. Nonetheless, what really struck me was the … Continue reading

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Why being in ‘the Cave’ needn’t be as bad as it sounds

BBC Radio Four has had an interesting series this week looking at the Cave. Over the last few days novelists, philosophers and historians have discussed the idea of “the Cave” and how it relates to their area of interest. How … Continue reading

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How we encourage colleagues to bullshit us

We are all liars. At least pretty much all of us. That’s the thesis underpinning a new book by Behavioural Economist, Dan Ariely. At least we are reasonably equitable about it, insofar as we lie to ourselves as fluently as … Continue reading

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Sheryl Sandberg cries at work – but is that a good thing?

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating office of Facebook, tells us that she cries at work. “I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work. I don’t believe that we have a professional self for Monday through Friday and a … Continue reading

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Successes do change your brain

In Be Bulletproof we advise readers who want to recover from failures and setbacks, to “achieve something small in order to achieve something big”. The principle is that our minds transfer the template of success from one situation to a … Continue reading

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When you suffer professional setbacks it’s good to stand back and ask “why?”

We all have a deep-seated need for, and expectation of, fairness and justice so when we suffer for no apparent reason it’s hardly surprising that we feel so angry and upset. If your boss criticises you with no obvious cause … Continue reading

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Why Bulletproof People Have More Grit

The publication of Be Bulletproof, our guide to being more resilient in the work place and coming back after setbacks, coincided with the publication of a number of fascinating new books that together represent a significant shift in our understanding of what … Continue reading

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