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How to interpret historical analogies | Psyche

History

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How to interpret historical analogies

They’re good for kickstarting political debate but analogies with the past are often ahistorical and should be treated with care

by Moshik Temkin

How to raise a resilient child | Psyche

Parenting and families

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How to raise a resilient child

Put that helicopter back in the hangar and let your children find their own way. Their independence will likely surprise you

by Judith Locke

How to choose a bottle of wine | Psyche

Food and drink

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How to choose a bottle of wine

Bite into a strawberry, talk to a wine geek, pore over a map: forget wine snobbery and develop your own distinctive taste

by Natasha Hughes

How to cope with a panic attack | Psyche

Anxiety

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How to cope with a panic attack

A panic attack is a dramatic false alarm clanging in body and mind. Recognising this is the first step to dialling it down

by Christian Jarrett

How to engage with life when you feel down | Psyche

Depression

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How to engage with life when you feel down

Withdrawing from activities you enjoy is both a product and cause of low mood. Break the cycle with behavioural activation

by Lucy Foulkes

How to have a safe psychedelic trip | Psyche

Drugs and psychedelics

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How to have a safe psychedelic trip

A psychedelic experience can be deeply rewarding, but also carries real risks. Here’s how to avoid a bad trip

by Christian Jarrett

How to overcome a fear of heights | Psyche

Phobia

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How to overcome a fear of heights

Humans are wired to avoid vertiginous places, but if this fear gets in the way of life then exposure therapy can help

by Poppy Brown

How to plan your novel | Psyche

Stories and literature

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How to plan your novel

Inspiration rarely comes as a mysterious visitation from the muse. Far better to learn the techniques and habits of the craft

by Jason Whittaker

How to foster ‘shoshin’ | Psyche

Thinking and intelligence

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How to foster ‘shoshin’

It’s easy for the mind to become closed to new ideas. Cultivating a beginner’s mind helps us rediscover the joy of learning

by Christian Jarrett

How to deal with troubling thoughts | Psyche

Anxiety

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How to deal with troubling thoughts

Intrusive thoughts are a common and disturbing symptom of anxiety. Cognitive behavioural techniques can help

by Nick Wignall