Try to Forget: The Psychology of Repression

What do the cognitive psychologists and the psychoanalysts say about repression?

The Psychology of Temptation

How often are you tempted to commit one of the deadly sins? What do we now think about this very old-fashioned sounding list?

Selecting a President

How would you do a job analysis of the office of the President? What traits are basic requirements? What should you look for regarding dark-side traits that you don't want?

Creativity and the Importance of the Incubation Period

Reports on creativity suggest that after working hard, the best advice is to stop. The "aha" experience often comes in the shower, while cycling to work, or walking the dog.

Stoicism: Being Indifferent to Pain or Pleasure

Many of the world religions suggest that being stoical is wise and virtuous. But many therapists suggest that rather than repress our emotions we should learn to embrace them.

The Remembrance of Things Past

How much do you remember from your childhood? Why is it that some very specific memories are so clear and fresh and that so much is forgotten?

Narcissistic People and Cultures

Is the supposed epidemic in narcissistic personality disorder a function of the way in which culture has changed?

Bullying at Work

What does it mean to be bullied? Why is it so ripe in some organisations yet so rare in others?

Willpower

The ability to resist temptations of all sorts is thought to be morally beneficial and psychologically healthy. So can it be learned, and how does it work?

What Are Emotions For?

Why do we experience and show emotions? What are the advantages of being emotionally literate? How do we classify and measure emotions?

How to Avoid Holiday Stress

The family holiday can be a nightmare for everybody. How can you maximize pleasure, fun and enjoyment and minimize frustration, tension and stress?

The Icarus Syndrome: Why High Flyers Fail and Derail.

There is an unspoken truth about business leadership: as many managers and leaders fail as succeed. But why? Do high flyers that fall have a particular profile that explains this?

The Work-Life Interface

How are leisure, free-time, discretionary activities related to work activities? Do cooks come home dying to do some baking? Whence the concept of a busman's holiday?

Getting Along With (But Ahead Of) Others

Freud said the secret to a happy life was "love and work": good relationships and a fulfilling job. The problems at work are both getting along with, but ahead of your colleagues.

Write and Wrong: Personality and Handwriting

What can graphology really tell us about personality?

The OCD, Super Diligent, Over-Conscientious Boss

Being careful and detail oriented is often a very desirable at work. But is this optimal rather than maximal. Can there be too much of a good thing with regard to diligence.

Are Men and Women Portrayed Differently in TV Ads

Does television mirror or mould attitudes to gender differences? Why are males portrayed more often as professional authorities and women as naïve consumers all around the world

Defining and Debunking Assertions About Creativity

Is everyone creative? Can you learn to be (a lot) more creative? Are creativity people odd or difficult?

The Excitable and Mercurial Boss

What if you boss blows hot one day and the next cold? What if he or she is emotionally on a roller coaster? How best to cope?

Freud 101

Can you recognise when a person is using a particular defence mechanism?

The Capture Bonded Employee

Why do people continue to work for a nasty, bullying boss?

Everything Intelligence

Is the word "intelligence" grossly and meaninglessly over used in popular psychology?

The Advertising Surround

Manufacturers want you to remember their ads so that you later buy their product. But in what program do they get the best effect?

Schadenfreude: The Joy in Seeing Others Fail.

Some people experience more pleasure from seeing others fail than themselves succeeding. Is it healthy? Is this just envy and jealousy

The Imaginative, Idiosyncratic and Schizotypal Manager

What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Can you be a little schizotypal? Is this disorder related to creativity?

The Off-Duty Psychologist

How do people react when they find out you are a psychologist? What is the best way to cope?

Self-Actualization: What Does it Mean?

Many people know and love Maslow's need hierarchy but they have difficult explaining what self-actualising means. What did he mean?

The Psychology of Naughtiness

Naughty people enjoy breaking the rules and challenging authority. Should we punish or promote naughtiness?

Onion and Garlic Types: Internalisers or Externalisers

Anger in or anger out? Internaliser or Externaliser? Is it better or worse to over-indulge in onions or garlic?

The Colourful, Melodramatic Manager: Histrionic Disorder

Have you ever worked with or for a "drama queen"? Why is there doubt about the concept of Histrionic Personality Disorder?

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