Analysing and Managing your Boss

How smart is your boss? What is their personality profile? What really motivates them at work? The more you know about him or her the easier it is to manage them.

The Argumentative, Paranoid and Vigilant Manager

Is a little paranoia a healthy reaction to the modern office where so much of your behaviour is monitored?

Why Choose Cosmetic Surgery?

Attractive people get treated in life more favourably than unattractive people. Unfair but true. Is this why people choose cosmetic surgery to attempt to make them more attractive?

Narcissism at Work: The Arrogant Executive

We place emphasis on the benefits of high self-esteem. But when does high self-esteem turn into subclinical narcissism?

Music in Shops

Change a shoppers mood and you change their behaviour. That is why shops use smells and sounds to make us react and hopefully get us spending more

How Intelligent Are You?

There is a growing literature on self-assessed (self-estimated) as opposed to test-derived intelligence. The results are consistent but rather surprising.

Psychopaths at Work

There is increasing interest in the "normal psychopath". How do your recognise them and how should you react to them in the work place?

New Year Resolutions

It is the time for life change. What are you going to do? Or from past experience is it your resolve never to make new year resolutions?

The Psychology of the Christmas Card

There are many different types of cards to choose to send at Christmas. But what do they tell us about the sender?

Choosing a Therapy and a Therapist

How do you go to when you have a problem? Why do some therapies and treatments seem to work so much better than others? Are there some ingredients that are common to nearly all?

Culture Shock

People who travel often experience culture shock. Business people, students, missionaries and even tourists get a shock when they discover how differently others lead their lives

Tolerance of Ambiguity and Uncertainty Avoidance

How anxious are you when things are not clear? Learn more about uncertainty avoidance.

Self Awareness

Much of counselling and coaching, as well as education and therapy is about increasing self awareness.

Appetite for Risk: What Is Your Approach to Risk?

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?

The Joy of Shopping

There is a lot of serious science involved in understanding how, when and why we shop because there is so much money involved


Is the world biased in favour of extraverts? We know a lot about the causes and consequences of being extraverted. So what is the underlying psychology of extraversion?

Gender and Money: Are There Sex Differences in Money Usage?

Have you ever had a relationship with an emotional shopper? Are there sex differences in attitudes to, beliefs about and behaviour regarding money

Undercover Marketing

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?

Striving for Power

Why do some people strive so much for power over others?

Binge Drinking

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?

Ego Defence Mechanisms: The Work of Anna Freud

We all try to protect our ego from attack. But are our preferred defences effective and healthy? What are the defence mechanisms and how can we categorise them?

The Psychology of Competitiveness

Is there good and bad competitiveness? Is being co-operative better than being competitive? Are competitive people ultimately more successful than those who favour co-operativeness

Demons, Drivers and Defenses

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?

Good Looks and Executive Success

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?

The Sports Ethic

What are the unique beliefs and values of those in competitive sport?

Psychosexual Stages: Freud’s Theory

Is Freudian personality theory valid?

Your Field Guide to Body Language

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?

Zero Tolerance for Delay

Has the fact that so many services have become so much more efficient caused people to become unreasonably intolerant about any sort of delay?

When Kindness Backfires: Salary Increases Cause Unhappiness

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

The Psychology of Regret

There is nothing like shortage of time to concentrate the mind. Those who have looked back in their final months of life and written about things have a lot to teach us.