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Psychology and the Economy

I’m currently sat in the RSA lunchtime lecture with Robert Shiller about how human psychology drives the economy. John Maynard Keynes famously used the term ‘animal spirits’ to refer to the animating forces that drive people to action. He argued that economists were wrong to model human behaviour as rational, an emphasized that no-one can […]

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How does work affect your mental health?

Alain de Botton’s new book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work,  is out today, which has got me thinking about work again. Mental health in the workplace, and particularly its relationship to our sense of self and personal happiness, has been of great interest to me ever since I suffered stress-related illness a few years […]

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