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.

Intelligence: One Thing or Many?

Do you trust the data—and there is lots of it—for general intelligence (g) or multiple intelligence? Or have we simply gone too far in our daily "discoveries" of different types of intelligence?

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?

What "Abnormal" Really Means

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?