Existential Depression and Existential Anxiety: When the Human Condition Overwhelms You

The symptoms of depression and anxiety can have many causes, including genetics, personality, childhood experiences, environment, and circumstance. Moreover, multiple contributing factors may be present in an individual’s life, increasing the risk of a depressive episode or chronic depression much more than one factor alone. My interest in the link between philosophy and mental health,…View Post

Schopenhauer on Sex and Romantic Love

The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer is renowned for his uncompromising pessimism. His pessimistic worldview is based on his metaphysics, which he expounds in his seminal work The World as Will and Representation (1818). What he believes is true about the fundamental nature of reality has influenced his opinions on many disparate matters, including psychology, ethics,…View Post

The Role of Masculine Norms in the Male Mental Health Crisis

We are currently seeing a crisis in men’s mental health. In the UK, suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50. Worldwide, there has been a huge spike in the rate of suicide; with a 60% increase in the rate in the past 45 years. However, it is men who make up most of…View Post

Why Men Bond Through Sports and Martial Arts

There are many reasons why men have a hard time protecting their mental health. One important factor is that men often struggle to form close bonds with other men. This can leave a lot of men feeling isolated, a painful feeling that can worsen existing mental health issues or contribute to such problems. At the…View Post

Exploring the Connection Between Traditional Masculinity and Anger

One of the main reasons that we are seeing a crisis in men’s mental health is that men often struggle to express their genuine emotions. This happens for all sorts of reasons. Men may feel that showing their vulnerable side will make them appear weak in front of male peers, or perhaps unattractive in the…View Post