The Dean of our School has just kindly reminded us that today is ‘World Mental Health Day‘ – a day which has been marked every year since since 1992. This year there is a particular focus on mental health in the workplace -so, why not take a minute to think what you could do to help your own or a colleague’s mental health today? PsychologyItBetter has some suggestions…
If you live in London and smoke, you have to read this!
I am currently leading a research trial at London South Bank University to compare the effectiveness of two leading quit smoking programmes. If you smoke and are considering quitting it would be great if you could take part!
Both programmes are effective methods of support for people wanting to quit and are run by qualified professionals. Everyone who completes the research side of the program (which involves three short appointments at Elephant and Castle) will be entered into a prize draw to win prizes including gym membership, an ipad and a holiday in the Caribbean.
Apply now: email@example.com
What will it involve?
You will be asked to see the research team four times. Each visit will last no longer than 5-10 minutes and evening and weekend appointments are available. For the final visit- we will come and see you at your home or workplace if it is easier. You will be entered for the prize draw regardless of whether or not you stay an ex-smoker, as long as all four appointments with the research team have been attended.
Don’t miss out.
We are only recruiting limited numbers for this study, so make sure you don’t miss out. You can find out more by clicking here or by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org . Why not take the plunge and do it now?
Group therapy and social support/control
I had a great interview this week with the folk at Drug Addiciton Now – a great resource of articles, news and views on all aspects of addiction recovery. We were talking about a recent paper myself and colleagues recently had published looking at social support and control processes in group therapy. Do check out their website, and if you are interested, you can find the interview here. If you’d like to read the actual journal article itself, it’s available free / open access at Addictive Behavior Reports here. It’s actually part of a larger special issue the subject of identity and addiction that I recently guest edited with Ian Albery, Tegan Cruwys and Genevieve Dingle.
Hopefully there is something there that will pique your interest!
Still missing PsychItBetter?
Why not do some online research being conducted by some super colleagues at LSBU & Kent? It is a memory task which takes about 20 minutes, and everyone taking part will get a warm fuzz feeling inside – the result of advancing the cause of science.
Also, it’s nearly Xmas, so help these guys out 🙂
Sorry we’ve gone away for a bit!
For those of that follow this blog regularly, you may wonder where I’ve gone!
No big mystery. Basically, work, life and everything went nuts! In an attempt to maintain some healthy sense of work (meet projects obligations, look after students) and life (be a good partner/father / not be a d*&k when I am home) balance, the blog has had to give a bit this last month. It was that or (i) go off grid and live in the Welsh Mountains like someone from that Ben Fogle show or (ii) leave the children in the woods like some twisted academic fairytale.
Things are looking a bit bonkers still, but there is some light on the horizon. So, we are still currently on hiatus, but I hope to see you again in the New Year. Possibly from an internet cafe in Cardiff when I come down for my monthly supplies.
In the meantime, why not browse some of our old posts? Bet you missed at least one!
Merry Xmas if I don’t say hi beforehand!
Psychology of Horror Films
Books to change the way you look at the world. Part 1.
In this post I am going to sum up why you should read a books which will change the way you interact with the world psychologically. That’s right – PsychologyItBetter is having a go at “sort-of” book reviewing! If I enjoy writing it, and you all read it, there are a bunch more to follow! We start with the classic ‘7 Habits Of High;y Effective People’ by Stephen Covey.
The Psychology of Scary Clowns
In August 2016, an ‘epidemic’ of scary clown sightings were reported, starting in the US. Scary clowns were then seen in the UK in October. What is the psychology of such scary clowns – why are they so darn creepy? And is it an ‘epidemic’?
Work long hours? Entrepreneur? ‘Sleep is an inconvenience?’ type attitude? Maybe the number of hours you are putting in are holding you back. Hard work is important, but what is the psychology of long hours and what is the psychological effect of a 24/7 lifestyle?
The Psychology of Deadlines
This last couple of weeks has been rather busy. I have a few deadlines and a lot of psychology research and teaching tasks coming up – some for things I really enjoy, others I have found really hard to settle down to. Many of these jobs have deadlines looming – what is the psychology underpinning this, and how can we make them work for us? Are they intrinsically helpful or not?