We all create internal narratives of our lives. From moment to moment, but also spanning a lifetime. Do these stories of ourselves simply reflect our lives, or do they determine who we are and what we can achieve?
The clinical psychologist and author of Madness Explained presents new evidence for the limitations of anti-psychotic medication and of the psychiatric establishment. "Full of insight and humanity" The Times
The Fragility of the Human Personality
Without possessions, what can be said to remain of 'us'? Christopher Hamilton reflects on Primo Levi and the idea of the self. "A quite rare intelligence" Raymond Gaita
States of Play
Children play freely and imaginatively but most of us forget how to, or abandon, this sort of play as adults. Should we be more playful? Is playfulness a source of creativity and presence or are there good reasons for leaving it behind?
The Great Escape
From Narnia to Ankh-Morpork to Hogwarts, our exposure to the fantastical is soaring to new heights. Is fantasy simply an escape from a hostile world or a triumphant way of dealing with the realities of every day? In association with the British Hum...
Mazes of the Mind
Bryan Appleyard, Iain McGilchrist, Colin Blakemore. Hilary Lawson chairs. Neuroscience promises answers to profound philosophical questions and offers a radical new description of human behaviour. But can it hope to account for issues as complex as...
Psychiatry and the Meaning of Pain
Diagnoses of clinical depression are on the rise. Are we medicalising necessary emotions? Consultant Psychiatrist, filmmaker and writer Mark Salter makes the case for the value of sadness.