I suffered from social anxiety for a few years in my late teens and early twenties, and managed to overcome it thanks to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I then researched and wrote a long and rather crazy book, looking at the relationship between western culture and social anxiety. The book, which was called The Wild Read more…

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I love this description of a charlatan philosopher, from the Cynic satirist Lucian of Samosata. I came across it in Luke Timothy Johnson’s excellent audio lecture series, The Greco-Roman Moralists. “Isn’t this Thrasycles ? No other ! With his beard spread out and his eyebrows uplifted, he marches along deep in haughty meditation, his eyes Read more…

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