Andrew Graham-Dixon

I have just learned that AG-D has been ‘cancelled’ by Cambridge University Students Union. I cannot think of a greater demonstration of the fact that there is much heat and little light in our intellectual life at the moment. There has to be some way of engaging in a debate without silencing those from whom …

Socratic Method

As legacies go, Socrates has left us a very big one. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in clinical psychology. Socratic reasoning goes to the heart of cognitive-behavioural therapy as even the greenest therapist knows. What is striking by its absence, however, is an appreciation amongst many therapists of the fact that Socrates was not …

How can we help ourselves when we’re struggling and there are no simple answers?

  Whatever is going on right now... What’s happening? Give yourself a moment to acknowledge that you’re struggling right now. See if you can notice what you’re feeling in your body; any tightness or breath-holding. Are you aware of any particular thoughts and feelings about the current situation? Maybe some of these are familiar to …