On Confidence

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The School of Life Press #ad - In fact, the opposite is true: confidence is a skill based on ideas about our place in the world, and its secrets can be learnt. We often stay stuck with the level of confidence we have because we regard being confident as a matter of good luck. On confidence walks us around the key issues that stop us from making more of our potential.

On Confidence #ad - We hear about the impostor syndrome, the wisdom of imagining the great in their bathrooms, and what Nietzsche and Montaigne among others have to tell us about resilience and courage. The difference between success and failure often hangs on a concept that our standard education system never touches: confidence.

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Self-Knowledge Essay Books

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The School of Life Press #ad - 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. 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 Essay Books #ad - . 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. 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.

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Relationships

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The School of Life #ad - Few things promise us greater happiness than our relationships – yet few things more reliably deliver misery and frustration. It calmly and charmingly takes us around the key issues of relationships, from arguments to sex, forgiveness to communication, making sure that success in love need never again be just a matter of luck.

Our error is to suppose that we are born knowing how to love and that managing a relationship might, therefore be intuitive and easy. This book starts from a different premise: that love is a skill to be learnt, rather than just an emotion to be felt.

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Calm: Educate yourself in the art of remaining calm, and learn how to defend yourself from panic and fury.

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The School of Life Press #ad - Our very worst decisions and interactions are almost invariably the result of a loss of calm - and a descent into anxiety and agitation. We don't have to remain where we are now: our responses to everyday challenges can dramatically alter. Few life skills are as neglected, yet as important, as the ability to remain calm.

Calm: Educate yourself in the art of remaining calm, and learn how to defend yourself from panic and fury. #ad - . This is a book that patiently unpacks the causes of our greatest stresses and gives us a succession of highly persuasive, beautiful and sometimes dryly comic arguments with which to defend ourselves against panic and fury. Surprisingly, but very fortunately, our power to remain calm can be rehearsed and improved.

We can educate ourselves in the art of remaining calm not through slow breathing or special teas but through thinking.

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Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Great Thinkers to Improve Your Life Today

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The School of Life Press #ad - The great thinkers is a collection of some of the most important ideas of Eastern and Western culture - drawn from the works of those philosophers, political theorists, sociologists, artists and novelists whom we believe have the most to offer to us today. We've worked hard to make the thinkers in this book clear, relevant and charming, mining the history of knowledge to bring you the ideas we think have the greatest importance to our times.

Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Great Thinkers to Improve Your Life Today #ad - This 480-page book contains the canon of the school of life, in the days and years ahead, the gallery of individuals across the millenia who help to frame our intellectual project - and we have succeeded if, you find yourself turning to our thinkers to illuminate the multiple dilemmas, joys and griefs of daily life.

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How to Find Love

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The School of Life Press #ad - Choosing a partner is one of the most consequential and tricky decisions we will ever make, and the cost of repeated failure is immense. We learn the most common techniques we use to sabotage our chances of fulfilment and why, despite their costs, we unwittingly engage in them. How to find love explains why we have the ‘types’ we do, and how our early experiences give us scripts of how and whom we love.

How to Find Love #ad - The book provides a crucial set of ideas to help us make safer, moreimaginative and more effective choices in love. It sheds light on harmful repetitive patterns and the extent to which we are not always simply choosing people who can make us happy.

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On Being Nice

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The School of Life Press #ad - Niceness deserves to be rediscovered as one of the highest of all human achievements. This book wants to help us to be nicer: that is, warmer, readier to listen, less prickly … Niceness may not have the immediate allure of money or fame, more patient, less irritable, but it is a hugely important quality nevertheless and one that we neglect at our peril.

We learn that niceness is compatible with strength and is no indicator of naivety. This is a guidebook to the uncharted landscape of niceness, gently leading us around the key themes of this forgotten quality. Most books that want to change us seek to make us richer or thinner. We learn how to be charitable, how to forgive, how to be natural and how to reassure.

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The School of Life: An Emotional Education

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The School of Life Press #ad - Now he presents the gathered wisdom of those ten years in a wide-ranging and innovative compendium of emotional intelligence which forms an introduction to The School of Life. Using his trademark mixture of analysis and anecdote, he considers how we interact with each and with ourselves, philosophical insight and practical wisdom, and how we can do so better.

From the reigning master of popular philosophy, The School of Life: An Emotional Education is an essential look at the skill set that defines our modern lives. But what does it really mean? one decade ago, Alain de Botton founded The School of Life, an institute dedicated to understanding and improving our emotional intelligence.

The School of Life: An Emotional Education #ad - Emotional intelligence affects every aspect of the way we live, from romantic to professional relationships, from our inner resilience to our social success. It is arguably the single most important skill for surviving the twenty-first century.

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The Meaning of Life

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The School of Life Press #ad - It can seem like a topic on which ordinary mortals cannot make much progress. In truth, it is for all of us to wonder about, define and work towards a more meaningful existence. This book presents a range of areas in which we might seek the meaning of life, family, work, friendship, including love, self-knowledge and nature.

The Meaning of Life #ad - To wonder too openly or intensely about the meaning of life can seem a peculiar, ill-fated and faintly ridiculous pastime. We learn why certain things feel meaningful while others don’t, and consider how we might introduce more meaning into our activities.

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The School of Life Guide to Modern Manners

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The School of Life Press #ad - The modern age often doesn’t seem to value manners, equating them with an old fashioned stuffiness, instead we are advised to communicate our feelings and tell it the way it really is. It features twenty case-studies on common social dilemmas and our possible responses to them, contributing to a new and original philosophy of graceful conduct.

Such dilemmas might – at one level – seem desperately insignificant. This book puts good manners back at the centre our lives. Modern life is full of minor but acute dilemmas: we get stuck at a gathering with someone unusually boring and wonder how to move on without causing offence; in the course of introducing one friend to another, we realise that we have forgotten one of the party’s names; we run into an ex while on an early date with a new partner; we spill red wine across a host’s sofa.

. Manners are far from negligible fancies; they stand at the day-to-day end of a hugely grand and dignified mission which The School of Life is committed to: the creation of a kinder and more considerate world. But the result, in practice, is that we are often confused as to how to act around others and discharge our obligations to them.

The School of Life Guide to Modern Manners #ad - But they actually belong to some of the largest and most serious themes in social existence: how can you pursue our own agenda for happiness while at the same time honouring the sensitivities and wishes of others; how can you convey goodwill with sincerity; how can you be kind without being supine or sentimental? These dilemmas were once covered by books on etiquette or manners.

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A Job to Love

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The School of Life Press #ad - With compassion and a deeply practical spirit, the book guides us to discover our true talents and to make sense of our confused desires and aspirations before it is too late. Alongside a satisfying relationship, a career we love is one of the foremost requirements for a fulfilled life. Unfortunately, it is devilishly hard to understand oneself well enough to know quite where one’s energies should be directed.

It is to help us out of some of these impasses that we wrote A Job to Love, a guide to how we can better understand ourselves and locate a job that is right for us.

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