Category: Psychology

General posts on psychology, typically covering depression, and OCD


GCHQ play ‘I spy’ with dyslexics

GCHQ and dyslexia A recent post in the Guardian claimed, People with dyslexia have skills that we need, says GCHQ, adding, the “UK surveillance agency says it has long valued neuro-diverse analysts – including Alan Turing.” Setting aside – for now – the suspicion that GCHQ and its predecessors had...


Forensic Psychology and Mindfulness

This post: circa 2,200 words, estimated reading time: 11 minutes. (Full content, inc. references, 4,000 words, 20 minutes. Forensic Psychology and Mindfulness Mindfulness Case presentation for Sophie   (Note. This was for a Y3 university assessment. Sophie is a representation, not a real person.)   Sophie is a young, unmarried...


Intersectionality and criminality

This post: circa 1,600 words, estimated reading time: 8 minutes. (Full content, inc. references, 3,300 words, 16 minutes. Intersectionality and criminality; profiling Yusuf.   (Note. This was for a Y3 university assessment. Yusuf (and his family) is a representation, not a real person.)   This essay considers the meaning and...


Can you hear me, Doctor?

Well, it seems Aunty Beeb has upset a lot of people with the most recent episode of Dr Who, the one entitled ‘Can you hear me’. The thin plot dodges (well lumbers) around mental health concerns and Gods that feed on fear. (Let’s skip the theology part, ‘cos, yer…) The...


The most dangerous word in the world

I was scrolling through Facebook, like you do, and ran into Clive. Don’t be like Clive. The post in question, entitled ‘Why This Word Is So Dangerous to Say or Hear‘, was by Psychology Today and detailed research – using an fMRI – on the cognitive effect of negativity. It...


IQ and what it means, and doesn’t

This post: circa 4,750 words, estimated reading time: 24 minutes Does your IQ really matter? I have an IQ of… Well, yes, about that, the thing is, you see, it does, and it doesn’t mean a damned thing, for many reasons, least of which is that on its own, it’s...


Smacking and the Law

This post: circa 1,400 words, estimated reading time: 7 minutes Criminalising a smack on the leg The Telegraph and others are currently covering Scotland’s proposed law to make smacking your child a criminal offence. e.g. I smacked my four-year-old – does that make me a criminal? People that make these...


Childhood programming

This post: circa 4,500 words, estimated reading time: 22 minutes Childhood lessons: bad code A recent inspirational quote on Tiny Buddha, on Facebook, began: “You are not responsible for the programming you received in childhood”. Adding: “But as an adult, you are 100% responsible for fixing it.” My reply, shared...


Cognitive Dissonance: Is Blizzard playing psychological mind games?

Paranoia is a funny thing… Ever wonder if Blizzard employs psychologists to work out how best to screw with your minds and, while laughing at your stupidity and gullibility, then happily take all the money they can from you, and then wait for you to gushingly thank them for every...

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