The Psychology of Touch: The Taboo of Physical Contact

Who can you physically touch at work? A handshake may be acceptable but what about a "high five" or a bear hug, or even a kiss on the cheek? This whole area has become a minefield such that many of us are too terrified to have any form of physical contact with anyone publically lest one is accused of some immoral act or intention?

Abnormal Behaviour – What Does It Really Mean?

Most people like to think that they are "normal". But what does it mean to be normal? And if you are not normal does that mean you are abnormal?

Hidden Persuaders: The Psychology of Subliminal Perception

The idea of subliminal perception has never gone away. Are advertisers and marketers using clever and possibly illegal or immoral means to change our behaviour

Sentence Completion: A Way to Measure Motivation?

There are many different forms of projective techniques, which are attempts to assess a person's unconscious wishes and desires

The Psychology of Surveillance

What are the benefits and drawbacks of public surveillance?

The Psychology of Repression

Repression is a well known Freudian concept, written about by both Sigmund and daughter Anna. The central question is how and why this process occurs and whether it is essentially healthy or unhealthy?

Is High Self-Esteem Bad for You?

Research suggests that the belief that bolstering self-esteem leads to many positive psychological and behavioural consequences may be misguided. Indeed it could have seriously unintended consequences and make matters worse

The Psychology of Delusions

What different types of delusions do people suffer from?

The Psychology of Ethics Committees

To what extent should somebody on an ethics committee have some training in ethics? Would it not be wiser to have a lawyer and a trained ethicist actually replace slow and problematic committees? How different are juries from ethical committees?

The Psychology of Common Sense

For many years psychologists seem troubled by the accusation that psychological findings were little more than "common sense"; that psychology was a waste of time in that it revealed very little that we did not already know. This blog reviews some of those early studies

How Would You Like to be Assessed?

How would you like to be evaluated at school? Which of the many methods gives the best insight into you effort and ability?

How to Give a Brilliant Speech

None of the electronic media have replaced the power of communication by a brilliant speech. Indeed they have probably done the opposite with funny, quirky and emotional speeches going viral. So what are the secrets to giving a great talk?

Why We Hallucinate

How are hallucinations different from illusions or delusions? What causes them? How do we explain them?

Moneygrams: Recalled Childhood Memories About Money

A surprising number of people are "money troubled." Because money is a taboo topic, people often get surprised by the money beliefs and habits of their partners who they have known for a long time. But where do these money attitudes and habits come from? Do we have moneygrams from our childhood?

Remote Personality Profiling

Biographers, Business people, Investigative Journalists and Security Agencies are all interested in Profiling People for different purposes. There is certainly a great deal of information on the web but the question is what to look for and how to put it all together.

Impulsivity: Good or Bad?

There can be some serious advantages to reacting fast to things around one. But there can also be serious disadvantages to being unplanful and unprepared. What does it mean to be impulsive?

How to Evaluate the Queen of England

The job of being the Queen of England is quite unique. The British are indeed fortunate in having a splendid and dedicated monarch on the throne. But how to evaluate this exceptional job?

The Anti-Psychiatry Movement

The 1960s and 1970s saw the growth of the Anti-Psychiatry movement. What was that all about? Where do we stand on some of these issues today?

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

The Psychology of Conspiracy and Cover-Ups

Who is being most naïve, those who tend to believe in conspiracy theories or those who don't? What are the characteristics of those who tend to have a conspiracist view of the world?

The Advantages of Being an Outsider

Most people are members of some minority group. Rather than seeing this as a disadvantage there are reasons to believe it can give people valuable insights and skills.

Choosing to Be Child-free

More and more people in the west are choosing not to have children. Is this a puzzle for evolutionary psychologists? What does the research say on this topic?

The Art and Science of Haggling

Often the most popular skills based courses are those on negotiation. They teach among other things the gentle but very important arts of haggling and persuasion: in short how to get a good deal. Why is it so important and what is the fundamental psychology of haggling?

The Psychology of Imprinting

There are fascinating stories of how animals get attached to those of a quite different species because of critical period imprinting. Can this process begin to help us understand why we are attracted to very different kinds of people?

Feedback Phobia: Why Do So Many Appraisal Processes Fail?

Why do so many people hate their work appraisal process which is often based on managers giving their reports feedback to help them improve?

Why Choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

Why do so many people turn to CAM when there is often little good disinterested scientific evidence that it works other than a placebo effect?

The Attractiveness of Personality Traits

Some traits are more attractive than others. But there are downsides to all extreme scorers. Is there a downside to being a sociable extravert or a highly agreeable person?

Ice Breakers: How to Warm Up a Training Group

There are some really interesting psychological games and exercises which can help you get any group going? Here, four of the best are described

The Facts of (Business) Life

Is the Business School degree the ideal passport to health, wealth and happiness?

How to Spend the Time You Have Left

Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Are you living life to the full? Are you spending your time wisely?