Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax.
After 27 years on this planet, I learned that I am not only a victim of mutilation, but also an amputee; I just hadn’t known it. Like millions of other men, I was, as a baby, circumcised.
When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result. Psychotherapists actually help ‘rewrite’ that story and this process is as, if not more, effective than medication.
According to the psychologist Michele Crossley, depression frequently stems from an ‘incoherent story,’ an ‘inadequate narrative account of oneself,’ or ‘a life story gone awry.’ Psychotherapy helps unhappy people set their life stories straight; it literally gives them a story they can live with. And it works.
Video games are built to exploit this part of our brain. Kill monster, get points. Complete level, get happy music. Win game, feel satisfied. It’s a very simple and primitive part of who we are. We react the same way to everything, from food to sex, in education and even in our relationship with our parents, who, if they are good parents, scold bad behaviour and reward good.
The amount the British government is paying some mothers to breastfeed their newborns for at least 6 weeks.