Psychology

Has Carole the tarantula cured my arachnophobia?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been an arachnophobe my whole life. I can’t remember a time when videos of spiders, or even photos or…

The cult of sensitivity

23 April 2022 9:00 am

I was extra pleased to have swerved the modern curse that is Wordle when I read that ‘sensitive’ words have…

Don't make war in Ukraine about Putin’s mental health

12 March 2022 12:05 am

There was a time when supposedly serious commentators on world affairs used to at least feign historical knowledge. They might…

The myth of the typical Brexit voter

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In Jake’s Thing, Kingsley Amis gave it a name: he called it ‘the inverted pyramid of piss’: ‘One of [Geoffrey…

Good things can come from guilt

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I do not know anyone in the Sackler family. I wouldn’t even have heard of them were it not for…

I tempted fate – and got Covid

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Well, I did warn you. As I typed my column last week on the imminent end of Covid I said…

Why must younger generations constantly ‘work on themselves’?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

If I could lift one thing from younger generations, unpeel one idea from their anxious minds, it would be the…

Sense and sensibility: Steven Pinker and Rory Sutherland on reason vs instinct

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Steven Pinker and Rory Sutherland on reason vs instinct

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.…