This page is about research and news articles I found interesting, different and useful and that I hope you will too.
Every week I will give a link or attach a PDF, sometimes it will be about Counselling other times about Psychology. My Aim is to expand on topics currently in the news or affecting society now. I an sure you will find those papers interesting, challenging and constructive. So keep a look out...
In the hope of seeing you often, have a good read.
Marc Dubreuil, MBACP, MBPsS Psy.
Week 15/10/2018 Spook me please: what Psychology tells us about the appeal of Halloween by Mathias Clasen
As the day shortens and the nights lengthen October is the month when summer really ends and Autumn begins.
At the end of October when the nights draw in, monsters and ghouls start to appear for Halloween.
But behind all those consumerism of American culture what are the reasons for Halloween in the 21st Century?
Dr Mathis Clasen on the Psychologist wrote this short paper a few years ago on the reasons why our modern very sanitized society, spiders and snakes still relate to us and what they demonstrate of the human psyche.
I found this article thrilling and hope it will please and spook you in equal measure. Reading it gave me the idea to modernise my Halloween costume, so instead of using the millennial old fear of the scary eight legged creatures I will become the mutated transgenic monster.
Week 17/08/2018 Changing the game for Teenage Footballers by Dr Perry Walters
I has been over four weeks since the world cup ended and now the Premier league has just restarted, as you can guess today I will [present an article on football!!
Well not on Football exactly, but on teenagers and their developing mind and self using football as a concrete example to explain what is happening in our brain during those important years of development and maturity.
The article form the the Psychologist is by Dr Perry Walters from Bristol University.
The author looks at the changes happening during the teenage years between Emotional Response and Emotional Control. By using Football Coaching as an example, Dr Walters presents ideas to explain some of teenagers extreme behaviours and more importantly techniques and skills to create a scaffolding to help support, manage and stimulate the adolescent growing and maturing brain.
I hope you will enjoy reading this as much as I did.
Week 18/05/2018 the Triple Whammy by Jane Wardle
Continuing from the last article, obesity is genuinely an issue that touches everyone's life. Most of the UK population is overweight and a quarter are getting obese. This week article by Jane Wardle from the Psychologist looks at how environment, genes and behaviour correlate to cause obesity.
I choose this article because it easily connects with the BBC program "the truth about Obesity" by Chris Bavin shown on the 27th of April.
Like Jane Wardle article, Chris programmed links genetics recent research with environmental issue like the changing takeaway landscape of our high street, and societal concerns and awareness.
I think a shift is happening between the last twenty years and now, focusing from only an individual responsibility to a more societal level of treatment for obesity, like the sugar tax.
I found this article to be a very good resume of all the current factors that lead to obesity, and I am sure you will too.
Week 04/05/2018 Serving up trouble? Advertising food to Children by Jason, C, G. Halford
Hello, this week has seen many TV programs on obesity, the subject is one that comes up often in the therapeutic room. For the next few weeks I will present research and papers on the subject of diet. For many clients diet is an issue in their life with multiple reasons, some emotional, biological or environmental.
The article I chose for the first week is on Advertising food and Children, it is a paper from April 2005 but still very relevant today. The article was published in the Psychologist. I find it fascinating that the relationship we have as adults with food is built on our childhood meals and how important those meals were for us, I hope you will enjoy this article. I'm sure it will provide you with food for thought.
Week 20/04/2018 The Coddling Campus by Craig A. Harper
Hello, for my first lecture I have chosen an article from the Psychologist published in December 2017. I found it relevant to my student past and the evolution I noticed in the number of lecturers being barred in case they could offend students. There is slowly a feeling of censorship spreading in Universities and I found it sad that instead of confronting challenges we prefer to run away from them. If I close my mind to a different way of thinking, it does not mean that other that way of thinking does not exist.