health psychology

I recently read about the results of a survey on public attitudes about the NHS. There were two main results that were most striking for me: first, out of a list of eight options, people rated public health interventions – those that maintain wellness and prevent ill health...

For some time now our healthcare system has been struggling ‘to cope with the demands of acute care, let alone the needs of those with long term health conditions,’ (Barlow et al., 2002). As this struggle has intensified, the phrase ‘self-management’ has proliferated,...

This week I watched ‘Britain’s Fat Fight with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’[1] and ‘The Truth About Obesity’ presented by Chris Bavin. I have mixed feelings.

Let’s start with the positive. Both...

I manage my eldest son’s football team. I’ve taken them from under-8s to under-14s, and the challenges in my working life pale into insignificance against what the average weekend throws up. There are perhaps times when membership of this particular social group feels like a...

Think of your work groups, your extended family, your soccer team, a film or book club or your local community group. Consider more generally other groups that are central to the way you define yourself: your gender, nationality, ethnicity or religion. Some of the groups you...

In 2009 Umberto Eco, the Italian semiologist and novelist, observed in an interview with Der Spiegel that lists are the origin of culture: they serve ‘to make infinity comprehensible’. More provocatively, he went on to note that because they allow us to engage with things...

In 1990 I arrived in London for a ‘gap year’, staying with some friends-of-friends for a few weeks while looking for a job and somewhere more permanent to live. I was young, far from my family and friends, and in those days before the advent of social media it was a lonely...

Most people are well aware of the key signs of clinical depression: notably, the experience of profound sadness, a loss of enjoyment and interest, changes in energy levels and appetite, and a sense of guilt or hopelessness about the future. Depression has received more...

Social isolation touches all our lives and knows no bounds. It affects the young and old, the rich and poor, and those who are in good and ill health. It also places huge pressures on health services – estimates suggest that around 10 per cent of adults suffer from its...

We’re here at the Psychobiology Section conference. Everybody these days accepts that link between the ‘psycho’ and the ‘bio’. What is it that you are doing to take the study of that relationship to the next level?

I’m not unique in being interested in this, but the one...