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Christian Jarrett

Deputy Editor, Aeon+Psyche

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Christian was the founding editor of the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest and an award-winning journalist on The Psychologist magazine. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology, 30-Second Psychology and Great Myths of the Brain. His latest is Be Who You Want: Unlocking the Science of Personality Change, published in 2021. Christian will never forget holding a human brain in his hands as part of a neuroanatomy class, the grey mass so heavy as if filled still with memories and dreams. Find him on Twitter @Psych_Writer.

Edited by Christian Jarrett

Worried you’re not normal? Don’t be – there’s no such thing | Psyche

History of ideas

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Worried you’re not normal? Don’t be – there’s no such thing

by Sarah Chaney

How to get to know all (the parts) of you | Psyche

Emerging therapies

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How to get to know all (the parts) of you

An emerging form of psychotherapy offers some surprising ways to think about who you are and work towards self-acceptance

by Derek Scott

How to make the most of university | Psyche

Learning and education

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How to make the most of university

Learning psychological flexibility is the key to coping with difficult times and to pursuing what really matters to you

by Nic Hooper

Here’s the truth about how to spot when someone is lying | Psyche

Communication and language

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Here’s the truth about how to spot when someone is lying

by Tim Brennen & Svein Magnussen

How to do philosophy with kids | Psyche

Learning and education

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How to do philosophy with kids

Embrace their questions, no matter how daft or daunting – kids are natural philosophers and you can learn from each other

by Scott Hershovitz

How to be a happy nihilist | Psyche

Meaning and the good life

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How to be a happy nihilist

Exhausted by the modern pressure to squeeze meaning out of every moment? Here’s a radical way to reset your priorities

by Wendy Syfret

Is ‘feeling fat’ really a manifestation of underlying sadness? | Psyche

Eating disorders

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Is ‘feeling fat’ really a manifestation of underlying sadness?

by Stephen Gadsby & Bence Nanay

A personalised alternative to antidepressants is on the way | Psyche

Emerging therapies

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A personalised alternative to antidepressants is on the way

by Paul Fitzgerald

How to trust your body | Psyche

Mind-body interactions

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How to trust your body

Your heart, lungs, abdomen and gut are trying to tell you something. Learning to tune in can significantly boost your health

by Saga Briggs

How to find great films to watch | Psyche

Film

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How to find great films to watch

Bored with Hollywood and Netflix? Becoming an adventurous and informed explorer of the cinema world is in everyone’s grasp

by Geoff Andrew

There is an unseen smuggling operation between fiction and reality | Psyche

Stories and literature

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There is an unseen smuggling operation between fiction and reality

by Daniele Molinari, Valentina Petrolini & Wolfgang Huemer

What does it mean to be an expert in psychodynamic therapy? | Psyche

Psychotherapy

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What does it mean to be an expert in psychodynamic therapy?

by Darren Haber