When Dr Robin Carhart-Harris finished his masters in psychoanalysis in 2005, he decided he wanted to do a brain- imaging study of LSD to see if he could locate the ego and the unconscious. That might have seemed an impossible dream, considering he had no neuroscientific experience and there had been no scientific research into Read more…

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Radio 4′s Moral Maze this week looked at the government’s expansion of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and at a new report from Lord Richard Layard of the LSE (the principal arranger of the government’s embrace of CBT), which warns that local and national governments are failing to honour the spending commitments they made to CBT. Read more…

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As part of the revival of ancient philosophy in modern life, some people have tried to establish philosophy schools where ordinary people can come, eat, drink and learn about philosophy and the art of living, just as they used to do in ancient Greece and Rome. One such place is the Idler Academy, set up Read more…

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I‘ve come across an ‘anxiety blog’ by Robert Leahy, who’s one of the more famous cognitive therapists working in the US, and the director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York. The blog, which is hosted by the magazine Psychology Today, requires him to write a post about anxiety every week, which Read more…

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Some trainee therapists and I are running an anxiety-management workshop in a drop-in centre in London. The administrators of the group, all four of us, were discussing how to run the group and how to get the most out of it. One of the therapists said: “Well, all four of us are fully functioning, we’re Read more…

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