Here are the links to all the columns I have co-written with Julian Baggini for the FT magazine. The Shrink and the Sage, a book inspired by the column, is published by Icon.
2 April Must all good things come to an end?
19 March Should we accept our limitations?
12 March Should we share our troubles with others?
27 February Is it better to give or to receive?
20 February Must we be cruel to be kind?
13 February Does life have to be difficult?
30 January Is it time to unfriend social media?
23 January Is balance boring?
17 January Should we love our children unconditionally?
9 January Are we optimists or pessimists?
19 December Should we ever delay the inevitable?
8 December Is there sense in common sense?
21 November How do we respect others’ choices?
14 November Should we be embarrassed?
31 October Is work good for us?
24 September Must we get to the bottom of things?
17 September How important is our environment?
3 September Do we need metaphors?
26 September Does an apology matter?
19 September Should we break our routines?
5 September Do our possessions define us?
29 August How important in life is fun?
15 August Can we help the way we feel?
8 August Should we feel sorry for ourselves?
1 August How do we live with our mistakes?
18 July Can we lead a fulfilling life without children?
11 July Who’s responsible for our happiness?
4 July Should we come to terms with death?
27 June Why aren’t tea towels enough?
20 June Should we collect memories?
13 June Should we change ourselves or the world?
6 June How do we choose our guides?
30 May Should we stress about stress?
16 May Can we get used to anything?
8 May Which great thinker is most relevant today?
2 May Should we avoid distraction?
25 April Can we be too secure?
18 April Should we strike a balance?
11 April How can we be content in a world full of choices?
28 March When should we say no?
21 March Is confusion good?
14 March Should we invite the unwelcome?
7 March How should we look after ourselves?
28 February Are you selfish?
21 February Are you in the spotlight?
14 February Should we ‘get over it’?
7 February What transforms us?
24 January Are good intentions enough?
17 January Should we have pets?
10 January Do we need props?
3 January What do we owe our parents?
20 December Should we meditate?
6 December Should you show you care?
22 November Are we in denial?
15 November What is comfort?
8 November Should we talk to ourselves?
25 October Should we seek material security?
19 October Where does motivation come from?
11 October Should you keep your options open?
4 October Should we cultivate resilience?
27 September Should we stop moaning?
20 September Do you suffer from FOMO?
13 September What’s the problem with anger?
6 September How should we present ourselves?
30 August How gloomy should we be?
23 August Do we need hobbies?
16 August Where should we draw the line?
9 August Is it ok not to have an opinion?
2 August Is the whole really greater than the sum of its parts?
26 July Who should we trust?
19 July What is wisdom?
12 July Must we agree with ourselves?
5 July What happens when empathy isn’t enough?
28 June Should we grow old disgracefully?
21 June Should we travel?
14 June How do you evaluate a life?
7 June Is better off really better?
17 May How can we improve our wellbeing?
10 May Should we avoid avoidance?
3 May How open should we be?
26 April Should we avoid shoulds?
19 April Should we be more spontaneous?
12 April Is envy diabolical?
5 April Is it ok to objectify people?
29 March Should we be religious?
22 March How useful is self-knowledge?
15 March Should we avoid value judgements?
8 February Should we mind our language?
1 March Do we need a sense of humour?
21 February Must challenge mean confrontation?
15 February How free are we?
8 February Should we fear the worst?
1 February Is it better to focus on today or tomorrow?
25 January Do we need to focus?
18 January Can we be both content and motivated?
11 January Is it ok to do nothing?
4 January Are we the stars of our own movie?
21 December Do strengths or weaknesses matter more?
7 December Is it the thought that counts?
30 November What should we talk about?
23 November Should we be more stoic?
16 November Should we embrace change?
9 November Does it matter what people think?
2 November Doth the lady protest too much?
26 October How important is luck?
12 October What can dreaming tell us?
5 October Why do I always do that?
28 September Does tidiness matter?
14 September What’s the problem with boredom?
7 September Is trying enough?
31 August Is philosophy therapeutic?
24 August Is gratification better delayed?
17 August What is the benefit of doubt?
10 August Should we retreat?
3 August Are we compassionate enough?
20 July Is life too short?
13 July Should we quantify ourselves?
6 July Should we resolve our contradictions?
29 June How mindful should we be?
22 June How important is curiosity?
15 June Will something turn up?
25 May Is ego an asset?
18 May How do we deal with a broken promise?
11 May What do we need?
4 May Should we live in hope?
27 April Do we have too many things?
20 April How important is friendship?
13 April Do we need emotional intelligence?
6 April Should we nurture our inner child?
30 March Do we wear masks?
23 March Is it our fault?
16 March How can we cope with loneliness?
9 March Can’t or won’t?
2 March Should we fake it till we make it?
16 February Should I be grateful?
2 February Are we all doing our best?
26 January Can we have too much self-esteem?
19 January Is silence golden?
5 January Am I a nobody going nowhere?
22 December Are men from Mars and women from Venus?
8 December Have we become too assertive?
1 December What’s so bad about comfort eating?
10 November Is love a choice?
3 November Do I know what you’re thinking?
20 October Is there really no place like home?
13 October Should we run away from reality?
29 September Do we need nature?
22 September Should we be afraid of weakness?
8 September Am I a failure?
1 September Is it just me?
18 August How well can we know ourselves?
11 August How do we mind the gaps?
28 July How do we best help others?
21 July Do our lives need a narrative?
7 July Should we make room for rumination?
30 June Is modesty still a virtue?
16 June Are we addicted to addiction?
3 June Should we complain more or less?
19 May Is a simpler life a better life?
12 May What’s the problem with introversion?
28 April How do you mend a broken heart?
21 April Can we avoid a broken heart?
7 April What should we expect of others?
31 March Can procrastination be positive?
17 March Does freedom make us anxious?
10 March Is it good to be idle?
25 February Must guilt be a burden?
18 February What does it mean to be a grown-up?
4 February Do we need to have a passion?
28 January Is there a right way to grieve?
14 January Are we responsible for our actions?
7 January Is blood thicker than water?
3 December Is identity a trap?
26 November Are high standards healthy?
12 November Is character destiny?
5 November Must we face the truth?
22 October Is it important to work?
15 October Can suffering do us good?
30 September How deadly is pride?
24 September Do we need a life partner?
10 September Is it good to argue?
3 September Can self-improvement go too far?
20 August Should our head rule our heart?
13 August Do our habits form us?
30 July How important is independence?
23 July Must we fulfil our potential?
9 July Can we avoid deceiving ourselves?
2 July Should we do what makes us happy?
18 June Why is our will weak?
11 June How much should we care about our appearance?
28 May When is it time to give up?
21 May What must we do before we die?
7 May What can we do when we’re torn?
30 April Should we love ourselves?
16 April Do we need to be spiritual?
9 April Should we be true to ourselves?
12 March Is therapy an indulgence?
5 March What can we do when life loses meaning?
19 February Must fear be overcome?
12 February Should we listen to our inner critic?
29 January Can we free ourselves from superstition?
22 January Do we have too much choice?
8 January Why won’t new year’s resolutions stick?
4 December Should we trust our gut instincts?
27 November Is pessimism good for us?
13 November Should we worry about status?
6 November Should we keep a stiff upper lip?
23 October Should we regret the past?
16 October Can infidelity be good for a relationship?