The School of Life

The School of Life The School of Life

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The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to fostering emotional well-being, both through our US-tv channel and our real-life schools in 10 locations around the world. We apply psychology, philosophy, and culture to everyday life, addressing the questions we're never taught enough about at regular school or college: How can relationships go well? What is meaningful work? How can love last? How can one find calm? What has gone wrong (and right) with capitalism? We love the humanities, especially philosophy, psychotherapy, literature and art - always going to them in search of ideas that are thought-provoking, useful and consoling.

We're about wisdom, emotional intelligence and self-understanding.

We publish two films a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 14.00hrs GMT.


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  • Do you ever collab with other channels? I like your work.

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  • "Love your feed!"

  • Awesome channel.. You have some awesome footage!! Subbed

  • Have been looking for this video!

  • Great channel - keep up the work

  • love the video

  • You guys should definitely make a video about Safety Love

  • I am totally in love with School of Life since I discovered it some weeks ago. These short pieces are stimulating, smart, deep and I love listening to them on my iphone as I go about my day. I also find that they reassure me on a host of issues. Thank you all for all the research you do and the insight you possess! If I am ever in England I will drop in!

  • Excuse me, I'am a student and I need to make the decision of what I'm going to study, I like you videos, the ''Who we love'' suprise me, what I need to study to understand this?, Psychology, Anthropology?

  • You should do an episode explaining why I hate this channel so much.

  • Hello! I have this vague recollection that this channel had a topic about "how to build beautifull cities when we colonize mars"? More or less? Could that be true? I haven't been able to find this video. Your help would be much appreciated! Kind regards.

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  • Hi there, thank you for the very instructive and entertaining videos! You are awesome, I can't believe how you achieve to sinthesize so well the work of every philosopher and give it a perspective. Who is behind all this great work?

  • Where's Em? I miss her! We need more female philosophers and she was such an inspiration. Does she have her own channel/social media?

  • Love your curriculum series; just finished watching through part 2. You should pick the philosophy stuff up again. Specifically David Foster Wallace comes to mind as an interesting video. I don't think it would be redundant to dive into other aspects of the thinkers you've already touched on either, like what you did with Plato's forms and Sartre's bad faith concepts. I'm sure your stuff on relationships and personality types and what not get more attention but there are so few well researched, fair, and objective channels for philosophy I would hate for this aspect of your channel to get overshadowed.

  • do one on Husserl and phenomenology! you have one on Heidegger but Husserl is the real king

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  • Please make a video about PMS. This would help with relationships :)

  • Hello, could you do one on the Marquis de Sade? Thank you!

  • Dear The School of Life, I will love to see you u guys do a video about drinking, maybe the culture of binge drinking or the history for alcohol. cheers. =) btw keep up the good works.

  • I really like your work, especially the literature playlist. It can make me understand what makes famous writer unique and different from another writers. Please make more video about another famous writer, maybe like Oscar Wilde, Scott Fitzgerald, HG Wells, etc.

  • Curious about your thougts on being competitive with friends, adiction or fear of competitive fun

  • I'm current consoling both members of a failing marriage, however the man would do anything to keep them together, but the woman is begging for an excuse to leave. The power dynamic that flows between them has always moved in one direction, and the man refuses to fight nor even give his opinion, preferring to defer to her. He doesn't understand it is this reason that she has lost interest in him. Are there any videos that talk about this dynamic, and does he NEED to change, or is it a question of compatibility?

  • How are you able to tap into all of these subjects?

  • This channel seems very intelligent and deep to me, but I have certain doubts about it. For sure it contains plenty of interesting educational material, like the philosophical and political stuff; but also it has this toxic Cioranesque atmosphere and its obsession to give messages (a lot of them surreptitious) in a fairly dark way makes me wonder the intentions behind it. Think of me whatever you want, but my advise would be not taking seriously the things you hear and see in this channel, specially if you're a manipulable or impressionable person. Before everything make your own reasonings, think for yourself and be skeptical; that's never an extra.

  • Hi! I teach English as a second language in Canada. I really like the videos of School of Life and thought that I could use them as pedagogical tools. I thought it would also be interresting because it tells people about things that they are not supposed to learn in school. I was wondering if you would have documents or materials to accompany your videos about life. I would like to work them with my 15 years old students. I really appreciate! Thank you! Marc-Olivier Roussin Montreal, Canada

  • Dude, your made up words in the video 'Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can' are stupid as hell! NO ONE uses words like "Kummerspeck", "Ruinenlust" or "Futterneid". Yes, you can build such words because of our grammatics but since my 62 years living in germany, I've never even heard of those words.

  • FYI there is a link that appears at the end of the Thoreau video that is inappropriate.

  • Hi, I sent you an email and got an auto-reply that you're really busy which is expected and understandable. However, I would really appreciate if you can take a quick look at it and let me know if there's anyone in particular on you team I should be in touch directly on this matter. The email subject is "Please consider advice my doctorate research" and it's pretty much about that. Thanks, H

  • This channel used to be really fantastic when it focused on topics like philosophy, economics, politics or simply biographies of historical figures, but I feel like the shift to sexual and romantic videos hasn't been a good one. There's much more to life than sex and relationships.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback. We listen to our viewers very carefully.

  • Hi 🙂 I love your channel and have been following you for a long time 🙂 Do you have any suggestions on how to make my YT channel a business?

  • I just want to thank you on your hard work making these videos, while maintaining a very high quality of narrative, art and film making.... I really do appreciate and thank every member of the school of life.... keep up the good work. My Best Regards!

  • Please do one on Gustave Le Bon - The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind. Thank you!

  • @School of Life, could you do a video on Fernando Pessoa? Thanks

  • You guys speak about almost everything except for colonisation and neo-colonialism still evident today? How about western dependency or why Zimbabwe was sanctioned instead of only mentioning their current poverty?

  • I've been watching The School of Life awhile, and if I've learned nothing else, I have learned one thing: There are few, if any, simple solutions to life's problems. Or perhaps more accurately stated, the problems that can be solved with a simple solution are few.

  • I second Pettit, this is absolutely my favourite channel. I admit it, I purposely wait a while before to check out your new content only so I can binge watch it. I was wondering if yous could dip your toes in the psychology of ASPD since people with it do think very differently (especially on the matter of human connection and relationships) - I am grateful, your videos have allowed me to understand others, but I'd very much like your production team to help me understand myself since you do such a good job at it. Besides, it would allow the laymen to further understand a type of person that usually confuses and scares people away.

    • I'm sorry, it appears you have already dipped your toes with your video on Machiavelli’s Advice For Nice Guys. Can we get an ankle in?

  • Do you have a video about how to define if you're really in love with somoene or are you just in love with being loved?

  • hey i like your channel. can you make a video on how to complain less?

  • Do you have any videos that would relate to those who are struggling with trusting media, or trust anything they hear from word of mouth? I think that is a very relevant to a lot of people in Generation Y, which has the largest distrust in media.

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  • Hey, i love watching your videos. No matter the topic I always feel a little .. smarter & my mind feels understood. I wonder if you may create a video about Schizophrenia..? I'm suffering a lot on it & I think this would give me the power to tell myself it's ok. :D Maybe you can mention that "Schizophrenia" is not quite the same than "multiple personality disorder" :s Me and my other personalities would be happy, if you'd just do that :D <3 anyway, no matter if you'll do that or not - I still love your videos so keep on making people think & smile <3 THVM <3

  • Can you do some more literature videos, focusing on 20th century writers - Kerouac, Burgess, Huxley etc

  • Hey could you do fewer depressing relation videos and more cultural/political/philosophical themed videos?

  • Something on Malaparte's Techniques of coup d'etat? ;)

  • Hey The School of Life ,could you do a video on LMD robots ,the one on the tv show of Agents of Shield that has currently ended on season finale ....Please and thank you !!!! I would really like to know what makes us Organic Humans differ from these Mimics of Human Society.

  • Hi there, I just recently came across your channel and I have to say I am very impressed. Puts Crash Course and other competitors out of the water. I also have a suggestion for your psychology series - I looked for these figures but couldn’t find much. Eugen Bleuler, Emil Kraepelin, and the Kraepelinian dichotomy and then in philosophy: Edmund Husserl Keep up the good work!! Adam

  • Is there a way to volunteer for The School of Life?

  • I really really love this channel. Thank you so much

  • You're easily the most empowering channel i've ever run across on youtube, over other mediums for that matter. You help put into clear words what i've felt and contemplated about life of the self and the outside world. Its like i am speaking and listening a totally separate person who also happens to be...myself.... Thank you.

  • Best channel ever! Keep up the work guys <3

  • Hey Guys, does someone know how they make their animations? They are very good!

  • hey great job on the 2 million <3 yuve guys helped me alot. thank you for doing this

  • Just 'stumbled upon' this channel (via yt recs). As a Learning Designer I REALLY dig how short these are. Not a second or word wasted. An elegant style on top of engaging and informative content. I appreciate strong effort and TSOL has set a standard I am grateful for. I think we are all too familiar with the antithesis. Salud!

  • I love you, School of Life. Your approach to the bitter-sweet mystery that's life is both endearing and grounding. You guys helped me overcome tons of troubles that come with the early 20s and sped up my personal growth. You spoke to me, for this I am forever grateful.

  • I was feeling empty without crash course philosophy, but here it continues

  • I find the summaries of Philosophers to be quite helpful. I would like to see a literature video done on either the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis or the Brothers Grimm.

  • Could you do a video on Alan Watts please !! :))

  • I would love to see you cover the topic of, "don't feed the trolls"/how to respond to trolling. In today's political climate, we keep taking the bait spectacularly, which only results in trolls winning. This is a problem on par with fake news and echo chambers, in my opinion. Keep up the great work!

  • PLeaseeee please please make a video about "apathy". Ive been binge watching your videos. and now i am curious about apathy

  • My whole family is hooked on this Channel. I've also ordered several books from you all. My sister is probably the biggest fan, so much so that she flew to London to partake it a School of Life seminar. This channel is a great key to self discovery. The School of Life team, especially Alain de Botton, are truly a gift to humanity.

  • Hello School of Life, before I had some doubts about how great this channel could be, but I'm enjoying it very much and finding it quite useful and consequential. I have a suggestion for a topic - using foul language. I always wondered why buddhism explicitly forbade it (if I'm not mistaken) or on the contrary why some people use it so excessively, me included at times, and wether it can be liberating or just something violent to avoid, or wether we can view it more as a weapon or just part of our regular communication and way of being, since in some places and cultures this seems to be the case or is hard to distinguish. Thank you all so much for your beautiful work.

  • Hi SoL! I quite enjoy your channel and I learn so much from your videos. The scope of topics is phenomenal and I have to say I've become much more aware of perspectives I hadn't been previously exposed. An idea for a future video: Why is it so difficult to change our minds? I'm not talking about the mundane things we change our minds about all the time, rather I'm thinking of more significant perspectives on politics, religion, culture, social norms, etc. I know there is a lot of research on the development of values and the deep imprint they have on us but we have also placed a certain value on open-mindedness. However, increasingly, I am seeing people who simply don't want to hear alternative perspectives, preferring to live in their own perfectly constructed mirror bubble (echo chamber is the new term I understand). This has huge implications for society. Very dangerous indeed.

  • HEY! I love your channel, would you be so kind to do a video about Herman Hesse? It would be so lovely of your part PLEASEE!!!

  • Great Work! I wondered whether you make all the animations yourself or do you have a source for them?

  • Thank you for all your videos on relationships, it is such a relief to find considered information on these topics. I would like to suggest that a good topic would be how to manage being the partner of someone with Depression, Aspergers or Autism or all three. It's very difficult to find accessible information about this elsewhere.

  • Thank you so much.

  • Hello, school of life. I am happy you are making more and more videos. I started following your channel after seeing some Philosophy videos but you haven't made any more new in this category. There are so many great philosophers with amazing thuoghts, ideas and stories so why not make a great philosophy vieo again? Marcus Aurelius is a very interesting one - emperor among philosophers and philosopher amang empereors. This is just a suggestion. Any other philosophical theory would be as gret and as interesting. Thanks for your work!

  • Would you be interested in doing a video about Patanjali Yoga Sutras ? and the The eight limbs of Yoga

  • This my favourite channel on US-tv! I love the animations and your voice! Will you make a video on linguistic universalism and peripheral ideas?

  • "The School of Life" - A rare gem in a sea of self-deprecation and insecurities towards one self. Teaching not how, but rather why to do something, which has ultimately led to the ignition of a spark in myself to once again believe in humanity, the values of life and time and space as not limiting but freeing factors. Thank you!

  • Fantastic videos and content! How about an overview of Zygmunt Bauman?

  • Congratulations on 444 videos! They are all fabulous.

  • Thanks

  • Can you do one on only children

  • Could you do a video on having an Existential crisis?

  • Hi, I am very thankful for your content, it makes me more peaceful and understanding. I live in Poland and we do not have such materials to encourage people to practise self growth. I would love to translate some of your videos so people here had an opportunity to change their lives. Is there any way I could do that?

  • Hi people. I just discovered your channel and I must admit it is interesting. I am in the education sector in Canada. Could I have your permission to link some of your videos in my recommended material ? Also, will you do a History of Ideas video on Communism (I know you did one on Karl Marx, but I'd like one with a more historical approach) ? I'd like to be able to show the History of Ideas - Capitalism and History of Ideas- Communism to some students in the future.

  • Wow, your videos are awesome. The amount of effort you put into it is clear because of the way the videos are presented. Just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work. And thank you for everything.

  • such a great channel you have here. But you ought to buy a proper pop-filter for your microphone and/or EQ out frequencies below 70Hz. I have to mute my subwoofer in order to watch your videos ;)

  • love your videos, complex concepts made simple, i would love to see more philosophers discussed like Fichte or Herbert since i love the historical context in which they are place. btw loved the one on kant

  • love this channel!!

  • Do you think you would be able to add some common language subtitles. Particularly Chinese. More people could access them then.

  • Hey! I would love to see a Video about the ethics of eating meat! Please make one! PS: love your videos

  • Can you make video on Emil Cioran?

  • Of all the sections this magnificent channel holds, philosophy is my extremely dear to me. Since I'm from India, I'd love to watch your videos on Indian philosophers likely Ambedkar, Lokmanya Tilak, Veer Sawarkar or even Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Keep doing the great stuff. Cheers!

  • I believe I have found a gem. Thank You :)

  • Do Peter Kropotkin please!

  • I've just watched 4 random videos on this channel and Jesus always makes a cameo like the best guy on every subject. What's with that?

  • Amazing channel, so inspiring and deep. It would be great if you made a video on bullying and mental manipulation. Greetings from Spain, and thanks for the videos.

  • Awesome channel :) I love your work. By the way can do you a video on topics such as: men love vs women love./ how men love is different from women love. does unconditional love exist? can women have truly pure/ unconditional love for men as they do for kids? is men love more pure than women's love? womens love is not loyal

    • and Yes, I got cheated by a women I loved so much and could take a bullet for her. She did not even explain why or what happened. I hope your channel can explain it :D

  • these videos are more addictive than drugs

  • How do we go back to being Children?

  • I just wanted to say that this channel changed my life, your philosophy videos introduced me to the world of abstract thought and now I'm working towards a degree in philosophy, thank you.

  • I love you people, thank you for the best channel ever!

  • Hi School of Life,I'm a big fan of your work. This channel has greatly enhanced many aspects of my life, and for that I am most appreciative. Nevertheless, I face a difficult struggle today - multiple incurable, (painful) and only partially treatable health problems that will debilitate me for the rest of my life. Many friends and family members don't understand the magnitude and experience of my alignments, some genetically caused and thus out of my control. This has all hurt my aspirations, dreams, relationships, and general satisfaction and wellbeing of life. If there is time in your schedule, I kindly ask you to make a future video about the philosophy of health problems and difficulty. Thank you sincerely!

  • This is by far the best channel I've ever found. What this channel is attempting to do I believed couldn't be done. There's too much disagreement topic to topic or there hasn't been enough conclusive evidence. This channel is amazing because it believes in itself and it's ability to give accurate advice, despite the challenges that come with giving any advice at all.

  • Why do you have such an enormous ratio of dislikes in your videos?

    • Because they're brutally honest without being brutal is my guess. People are brutal and want to be lied to and told that they are not. No one likes getting called out for being anything less than perfectly great. Truth hurts.