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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Jowita Kiwnik Pargana

was born in Gdańsk. She is a psychologist and sociologist. She used to work as a reporter for the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily in Gdańsk. For seven years, she was based in Brussels, where she worked with the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Currently, she is the EU correspondent for the Polish office of “Deutsche Welle” and a contributor to PAP Technologies. She graduated from the Polish School of Reportage.

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Don’t Fear the Tiger

Don’t Fear the Tiger
The Evolutionary Role of Anxiety

Magazine / science
Over thousands of years, our brains have developed to pay attention to negative stimuli. This can also make it difficult to deal with anxious thoughts. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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The Smell of Fear

The Smell of Fear
An Interview with Jacek Dębiec

Magazine / science
Child and adolescent psychiatrist Jacek Dębiec talks about how we communicate fear and whether it is possible to inherit trauma across different generations. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Grief Among Animals

Grief Among Animals
Death in the Animal Kingdom

Magazine / science
Both mammals and birds appear to grieve their dead and observe mourning rituals – just like humans. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Like a Cow Chewing Grass
healthy living

Like a Cow Chewing Grass
Breaking Free From Rumination

Reading / society
Negative thoughts tire us out psychologically. Sometimes they return again and again, like a boomerang, trapping our mind in a difficult cycle. What can we do with such thoughts? Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Death and the Plant

Death and the Plant
Nature’s Poisonous Secrets

Magazine / society
Not all that is natural is good for you – as a 19th-century Scottish tailor found out when he ate a sandwich prepared with what he thought was parsley... Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana