Rather than be made anxious by a fact, we prefer to be comforted by a fiction. This post is about prejudice; how it works, why it endures and what you can do about it.
How curiosity makes us see by Annie Pesskin
Imagine your mind is a bowl. How do you fill it with the good stuff?
Fate, destiny, borders and white privilege: some thoughts from Annie Pesskin
What is the difference between fate and destiny? What does white privilege have to do with it?
The loom of origins: how your brain really works by Annie Pesskin
This post is about how our brain works as a prediction machine. Our predictions get set by our interpersonal environment and then govern our feelings from then on.
Ordinary Differences – by Marina Christoforidou
This is a paper written and published at the New Associations as a response to the Conference 'Between mind and body: Ordinary Differences' on 2016 that I co-organised with my colleagues from the 'Culture and Ethnicity Task Group' and which was supported by the British Psychoanalytic Council. The paper runs through some concepts that might be... Continue Reading →
Pull Yourself Together: Or Why You Can’t. Unravelling mental myths by Annie Pesskin
How does therapy change your brain? This article explains...
Why feeling excluded has mighty consequences for all of us by Annie Pesskin
When we feel excluded, what do we do? This paper explores the unconscious dynamics which permeate societies and how they push some to the edge while keeping others cosy in the middle.
How do you become a narcissist? by Annie Pesskin
Narcissism has become a popular term, especially in the wake of Donald Trump. But what is narcissism and how do you become a narcissist? Read on to find out...
The sexist living inside – some thoughts on the #MeToo Movement, by Marina Christoforidou
The Weinstein scandals have found me reading the book 'The Power' by Naomi Alderman. The book explores a world via an intriguing twist - the idea that women are the physically powerful gender. By turning the tables, she turns the world upside down. In ‘Power’, women have discovered an innate power, "their skein", which provides... Continue Reading →
Why does shame feel so bad? by Annie Pesskin
This is a paper about shame. What it is, why it feels so horrible and how humans came to feel it, explored through the story of Shakespeare's King Lear.