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On Confidence

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A thought-provoking essay that teaches us that confidence is not a gift from the gods, but a skill that can be learned.  We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow technical fields: quadratic equations or bioengineering; economics or pole vaulting. But we overlook the primordial need to acquire a more free-ranging variety of confidence - one that can serve us across a range of tasks: speaking to strangers at parties, asking someone to marry us, suggesting a fellow passenger turn down their music, changing the world.  This is a guidebook to confidence, why we lack it and how we can acquire more of it in our lives. On Confidence walks us gently and wryly around the key issues that stop us from making more of our potential.

©2020 The School of Life (P)2020 The School of Life

Narrator: Alain de Botton
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Self-Knowledge

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An examination of the importance of self-knowledge, providing practical exercises to aid self-discovery.  In Ancient Greece, when the philosopher Socrates was asked to sum up what all philosophical commandments could be reduced to, he replied: "Know yourself". Self-knowledge matters so much because it is only on the basis of an accurate sense of who we are that we can make reliable decisions - particularly around love and work.   This book takes us on a journey into our deepest, most elusive selves and arms us with a set of tools to understand our characters properly. We come away with a newly clarified sense of who we are, what we need to watch out for when making decisions, and what our priorities and potential might be.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 The School of Life (P)2020 The School of Life

Narrator: Fiona Buckland
Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
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Relationships

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A fresh approach to matters of the heart, teaching us that success in love need never again be just a matter of luck.  Love has a history and we ride - sometimes rather helplessly - on its currents. Since around 1750, we have been living in a highly distinctive era in the history of love that we can call Romanticism. And it has been a disaster for love.  Relationships challenges the assumptions of the Romantic view of love. It shows how to develop new attitudes that can lead to a psychologically mature vision of love:  That it is okay that love and sex may not always belong together  That discussing money early on, in a serious way, is not a betrayal of love  That realizing that we are rather flawed, and our partner is too, is of huge benefit to a couple  That we will never find everything we need in another person, nor they in us  That spending two hours discussing whether bathroom towels should be hung up or can be left on the floor has its own dignity  Full of applied real-life examples, and enlivened throughout with humor and cultural anecdote, this innovative guide paves the way to a new, brighter future for love.

©2016 The School of Life (P)2021 The School of Life

Narrator: Fiona Buckland
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
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Big Ideas for Curious Minds

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Children are, in many ways, born philosophers. Without prompting, they ask some of the largest questions about time, mortality, happiness, and the meaning of it all. Yet too often, this inborn curiosity is not developed and, with age, the questions fall away.  This is a book designed to harness children's spontaneous philosophical instinct and to develop it through introductions to some of the most vibrant and essential philosophical ideas of history. The book takes us to meet leading figures of philosophy from around the world and from all eras - and shows us how their ideas continue to matter.  The book functions as an ideal introduction to philosophy, as well as a charming way to open up conversations between adults and children about the biggest questions we all face. 

©2020 The School of Life (P)2021 The School of Life

Narrator: Nikola Muckajev
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
Available on Audible