Psychology

How men’s wardrobes prove constraints can be good for us

6 November 2021 9:00 am

One thing that surprised every-one during lockdown was how many people derived unexpected pleasure from living under imposed restrictions. Can…

How do we calculate the value of a painting?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

There’s an intriguing conversation on YouTube between Mark Carney, former governor of the Bank of England, and the artist Damien…

From salivating dogs to mass indoctrination: Pavlov’s sinister legacy

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Peter Pomeranzev describes the refinement of thought-control techniques over the past century – and the worldwide competition to employ them

Champagne, sex or the Tories: what could you live without?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In idle chatter the other evening, somebody pooh-poohed champagne. He was a brave soul because in certain circles — and…

What do oven chips have to do with virtue signalling?

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Why does virtue-signalling matter? It’s a fair question. After all, if people display virtuous behaviour, need we care about their…

How Prince Harry became celebrity frontman for a very questionable industry

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Prince Harry’s very questionable new job

The art of the public information ad

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The art of the public information ad

The power of cold showers

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Why I’ve warmed to cold showers

The problem with pop psychology

23 January 2021 9:00 am

The problem with pop psychology

mirror

The Trumpian mirror

19 October 2020 7:43 am

Trump hatred has been with us since he announced his candidacy five years ago. But we can all feel the…

liberalism

Is liberalism really a mental illness?

16 September 2020 9:22 am

Conservative pundits like Michael Savage and Mark Dice like to ruffle feathers by claiming that liberalism is a mental disorder.…

The dangers of unconscious bias training

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Diversity training doesn’t work

mad sanity

Donald Trump isn’t mad

12 August 2020 3:06 am

It is alarming how psychiatric diagnoses have crept into the political commentary. Donald Trump, we’ve been told, has narcissistic personality…

How kind is humankind?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

Are humans by nature really more puppy than wolf? Oren Harman tests the science

Being diagnosed as autistic was the happiest day of my life

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget that until the late 1980s the notion of an autistic person being able to write a…

Are you tingle-minded? The rapid rise of ASMR

2 November 2019 9:00 am

I once had a flatmate called Tom, who behaved very oddly when our cleaner came round. On mornings when she…

Is the judiciary really so bad at judging character?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

When I had a cough last week, my son Joe,  who has autism, shouted at me and covered his ears.…

Levitating basketball players: investigating the psychic in sport

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Years ago, a friend persuaded me that a reviewer should almost never give a book a bad review. Most books,…

An unusual relationship: Katharine Cook Briggs with her daughter Isabel

The personality test that conned the world

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The other day in the Guardian’s Blind Date column, two participants, or victims, finished off an account of their frightful…

My ex-lover’s T-shirt can join the other tragic tat in the Museum of Broken Relationships

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I loved a man. But our affair was nasty, brutish and short. Copious weeping was my un-tart retort. All that’s…

The subtle art of showing off at work

9 December 2017 9:00 am

This has been an interesting year for me. Back in January, I took up a full-time job as director of…

The rich literature of the game of poker

2 December 2017 9:00 am

According to the subtitle, this is a collection of ‘short stories of long nights at the poker table’. Were that…

Help over the hump

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Losing our way in life’s trackless forest, whither should we turn for solace and advice? Wisdom used to be the…

Generation Snowflake: how we train our kids to be censorious cry-babies

4 June 2016 9:00 am

We’re training our children to be thin-skinned, censorious and belligerently entitled

Warning: rationality could be bad for your health

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Almost every popular commercial product owes its success to two different qualities. First, it does the job it is ostensibly…