Some years ago I read a book by Alain de Botton called Status Anxiety. In it he outlined the many and myriad ways we as human beings succumb to the anxiety about what others think of us; about whether we’re judged a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. We all encounter this in our daily lives. I was in the middle of an artistic argument recently and realised that what was at stake was not the...

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