Editorial, December 2023
Our Editor, Jon Sutton, introduces the December 2023 issue of The Psychologist.
‘We do have utterly outstanding allyship in the BPS’
The new Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Sexualities Section, Dr Rob Agnew, spoke to Ella Rhodes about his work, experiences, and hopes for the section’s future.
In brief from the BPS, December 2023
Updates from the BPS.
‘The true essence of BDSM is radical open communication’
Ella Rhodes hears from Cate Starr about a forthcoming talk.
From the President - December 2023
The BPS President, Dr Nicky Hayes, on a recent visit to Japan.
‘We cannot just do nothing, as a profession we must act now’
BPS releases position statement on the Climate and Ecological Crisis.
Creativity and advocacy in major society awards
The British Psychological Society’s Research Board has announced the winners of its Lifetime Achievement Award and Presidents’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge.
‘Where the change really needed to take place was at policy level’
We hear from Dr Jo Daniels.
Recovery colleges study
Recovery colleges were first developed in England to support the recovery of those with mental health symptoms or mental illness.
Seasons and the psyche
Emma Young reports on a systematic review.
Art that reflects us is more enjoyable
New study finds that seeing parts of themselves in the art makes paintings more appealing to viewers.
Hunger makes soft caresses less pleasurable
Investigations into the hunger hormone ghrelin suggest it may influence the appeal of social stimuli, such as caressing touches, in order to move getting a snack up your to-do list.
Contemplation – the power to transform self and society
Simon Mitchell and William Van Gordon.
Supervision – shadowy spaces and Greek tragedies
Erik de Haan ponders why he finds supervision so gratifying, and what makes it different from other forms of helping.
Double jeopardy: The surreptitious consequences of redundancy
Madeleine Stevens on why psychological safety matters during the implementation of redundancies, and how to foster it.
Corporate gaslighting, absentee leaders and the emotions of work
Laura McHale asks whether the inability to ‘manage ambiguity’ is a personal failing or an excuse for bad management.
Odessa S. Hamilton, Jasmine Virhia and Teresa Almeida on a double-edged sword…
‘Gender identity work affects everyone’
Ian Florance interviews Consultant Clinical Psychologist Laura Scarrone Bonhomme.
‘When we practise acceptance, it eases the internal struggle’
Our editor Jon Sutton meets Dr Kirren Schnack, author of ‘Ten Times Calmer: Beat Anxiety and Change Your Life’.
Learning how to become human
Three authors of 'Transforming Professional Practice in Education: Psychology, Dialogue, and the Practice of Becoming Human' on the books that shaped them.
Valuing the humanity, diversity and uniqueness
Dr Rob Agnew reviews 'Gender Affirming Therapy: A guide to what transgender and non-binary clients can teach us', by Laura Scarrone Bonhomme, Skye Davies and Dr Michael Beattie.
Heart and mind to the fore
Lene Osmundsen reviews Tracy Livecchi and Liza Morton's book 'Healing Hearts and Minds: A Holistic Approach to Coping Well with Congenital Heart Disease'.
Be warned: The troubling expectation of regret
An exclusive extract from ‘What Makes Us Social?’, by Chris Frith and Uta Frith.
An exclusive extract from 'Nobody's Fool: Why We Get Taken In and What We Can Do About It' (Basic Books) by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris.
A (psychology) love letter to Taylor Swift…
…from Dr Madeleine Pownall, Lecturer in Psychology (Teaching and Scholarship) at the University of Leeds.
Mavericks: ‘passion for a wider cause’ in the changing world of classical music
Miche Robinson on how non-conventional performances could improve innovation and creativity in classical music.
A crime thriller for thinkers
Emily Friend reviews the Netflix show, Dear Child.
A creative rebirth
Chartered Psychologist Professor Victoria Tischler (University of Surrey) on an exhibition she has curated around the life and work of Mary Barnes.
‘Could vs should’ in AI therapy
Barry Orr ponders how industrial action might be considered, or averted, from psychological therapists.
‘Simply observing good leadership can be inspiring’
Fauzia Khan interviews Dr Viba Pavan Kumar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Lead for South Birmingham Integrated Community Care and Recovery Service (ICCR) at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
GPs and Psychologists
A response to a November issue article, from Professor Hugh C.H. Koch.
Positive Psychology in a neuropsychology setting
Sally Norris, an Assistant Psychologist, has some observations.
'Consultant Psychologist' status
Dr Benaliligha Francis Selemo on routes and appreciation for independent practitioners.
Andy Johnson 1980-2023
A tribute from Chris Miles.
Who would be your ideal psychological party guest (living or dead)?
We asked on LinkedIn and X…