I don’t really remember ever writing about being a mother- I suppose there is so much more to me than just being a mum I didn’t want to be defined by it or maybe it is because writing about being a mum is my Achilles heel, it makes me feel vulnerable in ways that makes … Continue reading Bad Feminist
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At the best of times, becoming a teenager is difficult. However, this isn't the best of times, though. So, how can we, as parents, continue to support our teenager's? What do their actions and thoughts tell us about what's happening to them? And how do we untangle those that are an understandable answer to the … Continue reading Understanding our teenagers’ in the ‘new normal’
Anxiety has been systematically stigmatised for many decades and has historically settled for discriminatory lexicon. Words like, ‘loner’ ‘weirdo’ ‘loonie’ are all words that we have been bought up with to be perfectly acceptable terms. Stigma is not only an element that people with anxiety experience, but the extent to which it has permeated our … Continue reading Language around anxiety is political
These six characters have all had a huge influence on psychology and their stories continue to intrigue each new generation of students. What’s particularly fascinating is that many of their stories continue to evolve – new evidence comes to light, or new technologies are brought to bear, changing how the cases are interpreted and understood. … Continue reading 6 of Psychology’s greatest case studies
Yesterday I was told I had changed. I was told this by someone I am very close too. Someone I trust. The moment the words came out of his mouth I tensed. My thoughts went to, uh oh, what does he mean? What have I done! The assumption in my head was that it was … Continue reading I have changed
Since the COVID‐19 pandemic took hold in the first quarter of 2020, children and their families across the world have experienced extraordinary changes to the way they live their lives – creating enormous practical and psychological challenges for them at many levels. While some of these effects are directly related to COVID‐related morbidity and mortality, … Continue reading What can mental health researchers learn from the COVID-19 crisis?
Millions of people need a home office for the first time. Some have perched at kitchen tables or made do with a laptop on the sofa for months. But even if we are all vaccinated from COVID, many people may never go back to the office full time. With lockdown 1.0, we know that the … Continue reading Coronavirus: How to make working from home a better experience
Does mindset matter? Yes it does. Mindset acts as an internal template for making sense of problems and responding to them. Whatever the changes you are trying to make, taking time to get into the right mindset each day can make a real difference to results. So how do you work out what mindset you … Continue reading Mindset Matters
2020 was quite a year for joy and loss, wasn’t it? As usual at the start of a new year it makes me reflect on the previous year, that will be forever ingrained in my memory. Not just because our world changed faster than I could have ever imagined, or that friends and family were … Continue reading 2020 Reflections
Political uncertainty can be challenging, regardless of our beliefs or where we might fall on the political spectrum. Political change can affect us in different ways and, for many of us, and uncertainty may cause stress and anxiety about the future of our country. Major political and economic fluctuations, such as Coronavirus, may also have … Continue reading Mental health is a political issue
Ever since I can remember I have used books to help influence my mood, if I’m feeling like I need some female empowerment I’ll go and read some Brené Brown, or Toni Morrison. If I’m feeling in a love mood I will read a book about how we never can stop having hope, such as … Continue reading How books can impact our mental health
Many people ask what does it take to become a good writer, when they are really wanting to know what does it take to be an effective writer? The former can be answered using subjective opinions, whereas the latter can’t be argued. Effective writing is concise and effortless. It says what needs to be said … Continue reading On becoming an essayist
Walks, particularly lengthy ones, can be found throughout literature, offering writers the opportunity to send their subjects on emotional journeys as well as physical ones. Here, I’ve rounded up five of the best fiction and non-fiction books featuring long walks, to give you inspiration and keep you company. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by … Continue reading Walking in Literature
As the reality of the coronavirus pandemic set in a few months ago, psychologists set to work to understand how COVID-19 is going to affect us and try to inform a response to it. A few months later, hundreds of studies are in progress, examining everything from the spread of conspiracy theories to the characteristics … Continue reading Psychology research in the era of Covid- Is it Groundhog day?
This article contains discussion of suicide and self-harm In 2014, the Samaritans launched what seemed like an innovative new project: Radar. Designed to provide what the charity described as an “online safety net”, users could sign up to Radar to receive updates on the content of other people’s tweets, with emails sent out based on … Continue reading Why psychologists are using social media for mental health research
Hey, How are you all this week? This week has gone so fast again- I can't even blame work as it is the holidays. My daughter fell off her bike this week- which resulted in a trip to A&E, three stitches later and a broken pinky. But what really made me in stitches of laughter, … Continue reading Stitches
Hey, How are you doing? I don’t know whether it’s the pandemic, but I am feeling a shift in how I embrace and show my own vulnerability. I feel naturally more open, and it feels like a stark contrast to how I was in my twenties. When I use to bat everyone off with a stick … Continue reading Vulnerability
Self-worth is at the core of our very selves—our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are intimately tied into how we view our worthiness and value as human beings.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We constantly measure our worth, this is sometimes developed through comparisons. Most of us use our own internal measures to judge our value as humans on our appearance, how … Continue reading Notes on self-worth:
ADHD is the most common neurodevelopment disorder of childhood and has a strong persistence throughout the individual's lifespan. ADHD is characterised by age-inappropriate behaviour is thought to affect between 3% and 5% of all school-aged children (Buitelaar, 2002) age-inappropriate behaviour typically characterises it. ADHD is a lifelong disorder which can increase morbidity, including impaired academic … Continue reading A closer look at the brain differences of people with ADHD. A cognitive neuroscience review of The aetiology of ADHD
Your message can have a greater impact through an effectively told story. They can ignite ideas. They can stir up feelings of awe, wonder, inspiration. They can make us jump out of our seats in surprise or terror. Stories hold powers greater than we may have imagined. Once upon a relatively recent time, the field … Continue reading The Neuroscience of story
Many moons ago, my daughter’s ‘educator’ said to her “that robbers are mostly black people”, let’s call her Susan. I didn’t confront Susan about it, instead I went to her senior. Susan’s boss said “oh don’t worry about it, she’s probably a Sun reader”. And I left it, but hating myself for not pushing this. As this … Continue reading Black Lives Matter
Hi friends, I thought I would re-introduce myself. I started my account sharing photos of my V.W. camper- Reggie and has since morphed into sharing Reggie, my dogs, my love for reading and writing. His former owner gave Reggie his name, he’s 36 and has been with me now six years. I’m super introverted and expressing … Continue reading About me
Breakups suck. They usually suck more for one of the break up-ees. They can suck so bad you don’t want to get out of bed, talk to anyone, eat. Sometimes it feels like you physically cannot do any of these things. All you can do is sit slumped in your bed, staring into nothing, stuck … Continue reading The very real pain of break ups
Being a family with four other siblings- I’d hide in my wardrobe to try have some peace from my annoying younger brothers (yes, they are just as annoying as adult brothers) and I would read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was my first feeling of total immersion in a book. My dad would occasionally … Continue reading What shaped my reading life
Lockdown means many of us are spending longer than at any time in history with our reflections. From Shakespeare to Plath, can literature help us navigate this new era of the ego? When the anthropologist Edmund ‘Ted’ Carpenter showed the isolated Biami tribespeople of the Papuan plateau a mirror for the very first time, they … Continue reading The strangeness of looking at your own face all day on Zoom
That’s right there is an equation for anxiety. It is as follows: Anxiety= Estimation of danger/Estimation of coping skills I love a good equation, especially when it comes to something as complicated as the human psyche. Let me explain it- anxiety occurs when either the danger of the situation outweighs the number of coping skills … Continue reading The Anxiety Equation
My children's book- Amelia is a beautiful happy little girl but her teacher isn't very kind to her and keeps telling her what she can and can't do. Despite this Amelia believes in herself and keeps persevering despite her horrible teachers unkind words.
Whilst I was on holiday in the summer I had an opportunity to contribute to a book called It's ok to not be ok. I've written a chapter called the journey to happiness- the last 10 years have been tough. Life can be hard- if you want to read about my journey you can read … Continue reading It’s ok to not be ok
The Neuroscience of Revenge In the 1800s the French coined the term- ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’. The idea behind this is that revenge is more satisfying when one has had time to prepare vengeance that is well-planned, long-feared, or unexpected. We feel rejected when our friends don’t return our texts, and our … Continue reading Does the pain of rejection magnify the sweetness of revenge?
So many of us experience a heavy feeling in our heads or our heads feeling fuzzy, where we can’t concentrate or recall information. It was once described to me like this- imagine you are a knight in a forest full of overgrown brambles, you take out your sword to chop away the brambles so you … Continue reading Brain fog: What is it?
I was 21 years old and had just finished my degree, I was at a period in my life to see the world, have new experiences. So, what would I do? I’m from a small town in Mid Wales, in an area known as Radnorshire, who’s population is about 2000 people, with mainly “Shire … Continue reading Living in Algeria
Only today I was having a conversation with my friend who was seeking advice about why the person they are romantically entailed with is behaving in such a manner that’s out of character for them. We all had different opinions, one of us was trying to convince her, he’s definitely into you, the other was … Continue reading Our Love Brains
The past year I have found myself in a relationship with a much younger man, making me think about age gap relationships.It’s the 21st century- it is reasonable to suggest that we can expect to have a long chunk of happy time together. However, as Hemingway said, all love ends badly. One partner is always … Continue reading Love by numbers
So, you may or may not have heard of Blue Monday. This is the name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) which is said to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first published in a 2005 press release from the company, which claimed to have calculated … Continue reading Blue Monday- debunked