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The Psychologist is the Society's monthly publication. With its readership over 47,000, it provides a forum for communication, discussion and debate on a wide range of psychological topics.
This is my first contribution to The Psychologist, but as incoming Society President I will have the opportunity through the President's columns for a few more. My personal vision for the...
In As You Like It, Shakespeare noted that 'The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool'. Bertrand Russell concurred: 'One of the painful things about our time...
'Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world,' the author Mark Twain famously said. 'I know because I've done it thousands of times.'
This is no longer the generation of the Marlboro...
American author E.B. White once said: 'Humor can be dissected as a frog can, but the thing dies in the process, and the innards are discouraging to any but the pure scientific mind.' Well, given the...
Have you heard of 'brain fag'? 'Ghost sickness'? 'Koro'? All are so-called 'culture bound syndromes' listed in DSM, the latter referring to a person's overwhelming belief that their genitals are...
'My whole life I have been searching for love,' says Robert Sternberg (p.98). 'At a personal level, after a number of false starts, I have found it. In my research - initiated when a love relationship in my personal life was failing - I have tried to come closer to understanding what love is,...
2013 marks 25 years since the very first issue of The Psychologist, and a decade of our offshoot the Research Digest. I hope you will forgive us a slightly self-congratulatory focus...
'Magic is really only the utilisation of the entire spectrum of the senses,' says Irish author Michael Scott in his novel The Alchemyst. 'Humans have cut themselves off from their senses....
Twenty years ago, myself and several fellow undergraduates were crammed in my room at Sorby Hall, University of Sheffield, to watch the BBC's Halloween special, Ghostwatch. The set up was fairly ambiguous and many, including a couple of my more gullible friends, believed the...