10 myths about psychotherapy – a Times article

The Times has an interesting article about British attitudes towards psychotherapy and some of the myths that abound about talking therapies. The British have a prickly relationship with psychotherapy. Unlike Americans, who have embraced the benefits of “talking therapy”, we tend to view the profession with suspicion, citing stoicism as the best way to deal […]

The hidden damage of psychiatric drugs – Nonfiction – Salon.com

Very interesting article. In the past few months, the perennial controversy over psychiatric drug use has been growing considerably more heated. A January study showed a negligible difference between antidepressants and placebos in treating all but the severest cases of depression. The study became the subject of a Newsweek cover story, and the value of […]

Kids Taught Self-Control Behave Better at School | LiveScience

When children misbehave it is often a way to communicate that they are experiencing unmanageable feelings. As the feelings are unmanageable they cannot even be processed sufficiently to communicate them in a less direct way – they have to be acted out. If the teacher, parent or carer responds to the acting out in a […]

Can a computer be good enough?

An article about using computer programmes to translate the cries of babies struck me at first as being a bit creepy, but on consideration it’s much more dangerous. In some ways a baby monitor that interprets crying is just another clever use of technology to help around the house, but it has far reaching implications […]

Personalities accurately judged by physical appearance alone

An interesting study demonstrates that we are able to make fairly accurate assessments about the internal states of others, based on their physical appearance alone. Observers were able to accurately judge some aspects of a strangers personality from looking at photographs, according to a study in the current issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin […]