This is the second piece in a series on a nightmare tramp figure who appeared in my dreams when I was 20. The first piece is here. The tramp figure in my dreams goes to the heart of a disagreement between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Freud’s model of the unconscious was based around his Read more…

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An academic got in touch with me last week, inviting me to a seminar on Stoicism, which was nice of him. On the seminar programme, he described me as ‘an author of books on happiness’. Alas I’ve only written one book (one that was published anyway), and it’s strange to have it described as ‘on Read more…

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Here are some quotes from my favourite living artist, David Lynch, about the creative process. They’re from Chris Rodley’s book, Lynch on Lynch: On turning Mullholland Drive from a failed TV pilot to a successful feature film:  Well, one night I sat down in my chair to meditate and whoosh – the whole thing came Read more…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jonathan Haidt on Monday at the RSA. Haidt, as you all know, wrote The Happiness Hypothesis, which really inspired me. I gave him a copy of my new book, so if you see it in a bin near the Strand, it’s yours! Haidt’s own new book is called The Read more…

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I just had a David Lynch dream. No, not a dream that was Lynch-esque. A dream with David Lynch in it. He was playing the Devil. He was sitting behind a desk, in this seedy Fifties motel room, talking to me in this threatening way, and as he spoke, his words would suddenly speed up, Read more…

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