Confessions of a reforming cookie-seeker…

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When it comes to race issues, I saw myself as ‘up there’ with the most progressive white people. I come from a working-class London background, so growing up, my neighbourhood and schools were racially mixed, as was (to a lesser extent) my family. The London of my youth was hugely influenced by a combination of US hip-hop culture and Jamaican sound system culture, which I revelled in. I’ve always consumed arts, culture and products created by people of colour, and I’m not new to learning about race issues. …

A forgotten personality code that actually makes sense

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I keep meeting people I’m convinced are extraverts, but who claim they’re introverts.

It tends to be in settings like yoga retreats or personal development workshops with a spiritual edge. In other words, settings where being quiet and introspective is encouraged.

The practices associated with these settings, such as yoga or meditation, have become more popular in the last decade or so. According to one study, the number of people practising yoga in the US more than doubled between 2008 and 2016, reaching 36.7 million.

At the same time, something else interesting was happening. In 2012, Susan Cain delivered one…

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