Under…

Our editor Jon Sutton introduces a special collection.

Psychologists have been going ‘under’ since the dawn of the discipline…delving into the depths of the subconscious, studying the effects of being under pressure to perform, going ‘under’ in hypnosis. But last year, while reading Robert Macfarlane’s excellent Underland, it occurred to me that there are modern-day psychologists inhabiting both metaphorical and literal ‘underworlds’. So the idea for this special issue, loosely themed around the word ‘under’, emerged. 

Through these pages we dig into the psychology around diving and caving, our own hidden depths (or lack of them), the impact of working under a hierarchy or rooting for the underdog, and more as a seam running through much of the edition. 

What aspects of ‘under’ have we failed to surface? If you’re feeling under represented, under funded, under appreciated, do raise a hand as we would consider a follow up. And of course, don’t get over-excited, but there may be scope for a flipside issue on ‘over’…

Under pressure
A special feature from our Research Digest

Fixing problems under the surface 
Laura Walton takes psychology underwater

From underworlds to outerworlds 
Nathan Smith

What lies beneath? 
Nick Chater on the perils of looking under our glittering surface

The psychology of underwear 
Carolyn Mair

The ‘human’ underpinning workplace resource 
Rosalind Searle on working under a hierarchy

The underdog effect 
Ciaran O’Keeffee on the appeal, and how things change

Under the weather 
Trevor Harley

A journey to the core of our being
Our editor Jon Sutton reviews Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Going under to rise above mistakes
Under Pressure by Gareth Lock, reviewed

Tracking the footprints of consciousness
Why are so many concepts of conciousness expressed in terms of spatial relations, e.g. 'going under', 'subconsciousness', 'a higher state'? Christof Koch answers as part of a books Q&A.

Illustration: Guido Iafigliola  

‘We all have unique relationships with music’

Ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September, music therapist Grace Meadows speaks to Ella Rhodes about her work with the Utley Foundation’s Music for Dementia 2020 campaign, which is aiming to give all people living with the condition better access to music.

How to succeed in your degree, with psychology…

Selected advice from Paul Penn, taken from his new book ‘The Psychology of Effective Studying' (Routledge).

Advice for aspiring psychologists

We've been asking psychologists for years what one piece of advice they would give to aspiring psychologists. Here we collect the top answers.

Stories of hope and growth

Four very different Assistant Psychologists find a common thread through peer supervision – the inspirational power of people’s stories, and working in a way that allows them to be shared.


The fresher's guide to psychology…

We link to some resources for the new intake of undergraduates.

'People have started to understand that we have a soul, that we have a psychology'

Psychology, psychotherapy and culture in Ukraine: an interview with two clinicians.

October 2019

This month's issue, archive, digital editions and more: Your Psychologist, your way...