Giving, or Receiving?

Is giving better for us than receiving? New research published by the APA is stating; YES. Dr Lara Aknin of Simon Fraser University in Canada states that, “Our findings suggest that the psychological reward… Continue reading

Conversations While Driving can be Fatal.

Since using a telephone whilst driving has been made illegal, hands free sets for mobiles have been a great and legal way to have conversations with friends and family whilst on the move.… Continue reading

Obama’s Brain.

The New Yorker: According to an article on the front page of this morning’s New York Times, the Obama Administration is planning to seek three billion dollars from Congress to map the human… Continue reading

Psychogenic Diseases

For a long time now, an explanation for the development of psychogenic (also known as ‘hysterical’) diseases has seemed impossible. These are diseases that have severe symptoms (such as cramp, or paralysis) but… Continue reading

Hope for Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders throughout the world, in fact it affects one in four of us at some point in our lives (Dr Trisha Macnair, 2011). However,… Continue reading

A Note on the DSM-V

The APA’s extensive development process of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is nearing its conclusion. The last stage of the manual’s development began in late… Continue reading

How to Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy.

Repressing their emotions. Self-reliant. Aggressive. Apathetic. Strong. Does this description remind you of anything? Social psychologists have pointed out that these are the messages that we receive from society about masculinity. And although… Continue reading

The Temptation to Stay Where You Are

The desire to stay where you are (even if where you are is stuck, unhappy, or upset) can be great. The temptation to hold on may be so powerful in fact, that you… Continue reading

Engaging in “Fat-Talk” or “Old-Talk” – helpful or disastrous to our body image?

Feeling dissatisfied with your body has been linked to a number of mental health problems over the years, including depression, anxiety and stress. Whilst a previous study (published in the Psychology of Women Quarterly) has… Continue reading

Is it Possible for Personalities to Change?

For a long time now it has been thought that personalities do not change. That, when we get to the age of 30, our personality is pretty well engraved into us, and that… Continue reading

How Safe do patrolling Police Officers Make You Feel?

Have you noticed an increased number of police in your area recently? How does this make you feel? Nervous? Safe? Unsafe? The reason for this change is to reassure the public of police presence, and deter… Continue reading

Can our memories be altered through recall?

Theorists are now suggesting that the more we try to remember and recall events, the more likely we are to fall victim of “false memory“. One example put forward for this comes from… Continue reading

  • Philippa Berry

    Bsc(Hons) Psychology, Mental and Physical Health at the University of Reading. Interested in Occupational Therapy, and Developmental and Social Psychology.