Much of counselling and coaching, as well as education and therapy is about increasing self awareness. It is argued that self awareness and understanding is essential for happiness, health and well being. So how do you acquire it or increase it?
People are quite different in their appetite for risk. Are "risky types" risky in all their behaviors: in the workplace, in their personal relationships, in the way they drive, in what they eat and drink?
Do you have to be a paranoid, conspiracy theorist to believe that rather subtle marketing is going on all around you? Can you trust people in bars and shops when they express opinions about very specific brands? What is undercover marketing and how does it work?
Alcohol consumption and addiction is the result of many psychological and social factors. Why do some young people manage moderate and healthy alcohol consumption while others binge drink regularly endangering their own and others health?
Does therapy destroy as much as it creates? Can your demons act as a wonderful source of inspiration? Or is that nonsense? Surely therapy is aimed at making us happier, healthier and better able to cope with the vicissitudes of life?
Every movie director and every political PR person knows that if you want to be a leader you need to look like one. What is the physiology of leadership? Is biology destiny when it comes to leadership?
Think of a rude gesture, and when you last used it. Think of a famous TV star and their peculiar and very personal gestures. What information are these gestures conveying? What can we read into head, hand and foot movements?
Most of us have seen the TV program about Undercover Bosses many of whom are surprised by the loyalty and dedication of their staff. But this is the story of a kind and generous boss who was to pay a high price for his generosity
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?
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?
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
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?
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