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‘New Self’ or ‘True Self’?
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‘New Self’ or ‘True Self’?

In an otherwise excellent book, Abbot Christopher Jamison encourages his readers to seek their “true self”“. Is this sheer mysticism, rooted in romantic fantasy?   Nigel Pocock   Do people really have a “true self” lurking deeply within? Waiting to be found, if only we knew how? Even if this […]

Should we love ourselves?
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Should we love ourselves?

Do people really love themselves? Some writers think that people do not love themselves, saying that true self-love, in the sense of self-acceptance, is learned, often very painfully so. I agree.   Nigel Pocock   Part of the difficulty is that people confuse self-esteem and self-love. I concur, with Scott […]