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Posts exploring how fear shapes our public policies and everyday choices.

How attachment helps us make sense of terrorism

How attachment helps us make sense of terrorism

Paris has again been targeted by terrorists. The loss and fear that travelled its streets in January has been renewed. It was after those January attacks that I last wrote on the topic of terrorism, inspired by the refusal of the people of France to give in to fear. Yet, the human response to terrorism…

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When corporations encourage giggling at children’s distress

When corporations encourage giggling at children’s distress

This summer, Pampers embarked on one of their newest initiatives: the Poo Face Campaign. Pampers are encouraging parents to snap photos of the adorable faces their babies make in the midst of bowel movements. It kicked off in July with the release of an entertaining film, made by advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, to accompany…

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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – A lesson in loss

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ – A lesson in loss

Pixar’s hit summer film – Inside Out – is all about loss. That means it’s also all about attachment, even though the term doesn’t feature anywhere in the film. As I sat watching the film in my 3-D glasses, I wondered how much training the writers or directors had received in brain function, cognitive theory,…

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Parting is hell: That’s the point of attachment

Last weekend, I attended the memorial service of a friend. She was much loved, as demonstrated by the fact that more than 350 other people were there too. Each of us was trying to find a way to celebrate her life, to bid her goodbye, and most of all, to find a way to live…

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