John-Henry Carter is the most successful captain of Oxford rugby team ever, the only captain to lead the team to three successive victories in the Varsity match. The former flanker attributes that success not to his speed or his 6ft 3 frame, but to his training in psychodynamic therapy and existentialist philosophy. After graduating, John Read more…

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One of the things I want to argue in my next book is that ecstatic experiences have been pathologised in the secular west, to our detriment. People still experience ecstasy – by which I mean moments where we go beyond the self and feel connected to something bigger than us, usually a spirit but also Read more…

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How do you…fill your days?’ My editor was looking at me with a hint of concern, in a cafe on Portland Street. She was worried I was losing my edge. It had been almost a year since my first book had come out, and still I hadn’t started working on another. Well, I thought to Read more…

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Psychodynamic therapists of the world, rejoice! After years of complaining that CBT sucks up all the public funding, it seems that psychodynamic therapists may be about to get a break – in Sweden at least. For the last four years or so, Sweden’s government has put substantial funds (around £200 million according to one source) Read more…

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Hi everyone, from now on these newsletters are going to be more what they were originally intended to be: a collection of links to interesting stuff I’ve read, or written about, in the last week. You can sign up to the newsletter in the box on the right. Here’s an interesting article in The Atlantic Read more…

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