The optimistic induction: the argument that helps me grapple with OCD

(This is a distillation of one of the practical upshots of this prior essay) I. I am a near lifelong sufferer from OCD ranging in severity from mild to very. What works for sufferers of mental illness will vary greatly from person to person. For me five things have worked in terms of therapy : … Continue reading The optimistic induction: the argument that helps me grapple with OCD

The how and why of writing a heartfelt pro-Corbyn or Bernie Facebook post

Posting on Facebook about politics is often considered a bit low rent, and the more respectable sorts post their political thoughts to Twitter or whatever. However, Facebook has an advantage over Twitter when it comes to spreading political messages- there will be people who read your post who respect you for reasons other than your political … Continue reading The how and why of writing a heartfelt pro-Corbyn or Bernie Facebook post

Why we can’t (usefully) dismiss concern about the income of others as envious

I. The Easterlin paradox is the observation that country level happiness does not seem to increase overtime with income- even though there are many reasons to think it should- for example, income gives us choices, security, additional consumption and so on. The paradox grows even weirder when we reflect that individual increases in income do … Continue reading Why we can’t (usefully) dismiss concern about the income of others as envious