interpersonal relationships

IT is the British Psychological Society’s Year of Relationships. Surely the time to write to my colleagues in the UK (the country of my birth) about the changes occurring here in North America in our understanding of, and ability to affect, close relationships – especially...

Psychology offers us many interesting topics for study, but few capture the public imagination more than the study of close relationships. Our political leaders constantly refer to the importance of ‘the family’, the health implications of greater openness in sexual relations...

‘The tribe has spoken.’ ‘You’re fired.’ ‘You may now leave the Big Brother house.’ The language and storylines of reality television focus relentlessly on rejection. Apparently the spectacle of people being evicted from some group or event appeals to the watching public in...

Just imagine: Your boss asks you to run a series of special training days
for other employees. At first you feel rather flattered that your boss is considering you for this task. But you soon realise that there are costs involved: for one, it is clear that you are...

Sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland has often been described in terms of a clash of identities between the Protestant British, who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom, and the Irish Catholics, who desire the unification of the whole island of Ireland.
It has...

In February 2004 David Goodhart wrote a provocative piece for Prospect magazine entitled ‘Too diverse’. The article questioned whether Britain was becoming too diverse to sustain ‘a good society and the welfare state’. Reprinted in The Guardian (see tinyurl.com/3bsd5), the...