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Christopher Boyle on children’s experiences of Christmas magic and myth. Warning: contains festive spoilers…
Dr Sue Jackson seeks a useful description of where we are up to and what we are currently dealing with in the pandemic.
Matthew Ruby and Tani Khara on the power and status of plant-based diets in different cultural contexts.
Sarah O'Reilly on doing behavioural activation with older people during Covid-19.

Behavioural activation is usually used to help people who have stopped doing rewarding activities due to low mood. What does it look like when people’s activities have been taken away from...

Jared Piazza on psychological barriers to becoming and staying vegan.
Charlotte De Backer with a history of meat consumption, and how a simple choice to eat or not eat meat can complicate our social lives

Breakfast with your mum, lunch with your colleagues, an after-work drink with friends or a late-night dinner with your partner: our days are filled with social occasions that revolve around...

Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘licence to harm’.

Many of us express compassion and concern for other animals alongside complicity in their exploitation. Researchers can examine how the mass media allow us to sustain care towards other...

Richard Carmichael works on behaviour change, public engagement and policy for Net Zero. He tells us how food policy can help us reach climate goals.

The shift to sustainable diets is not expected to happen at the pace and extent required for Net Zero carbon if left to the market, individuals, or voluntary industry initiatives. In Defra...

Alina Salmen and Kristof Dhont on the gendered nature of meat consumption and veganism.

Historically and culturally, we have come to believe that meat is essential for strength, and traditional gender roles demand strength and toughness from men in particular. Real men eat meat...

Dr Jon Sutton introduces the issue.
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An extract from ‘Birth Shock, How to Recover from Birth Trauma’ by Mia Scotland, with kind permission from the publisher Pinter & Martin.
Jenny Walters on a gardening project with victims of torture.

‘Nature provides a metaphor to help integrate all aspects of life. The psyche is reflected in nature; you see greatness and smallness, harmony and destruction. When we understand nature we...

Ute Liersch writes.

Acceptance is in vogue. In mindfulness therapies, books and apps, acceptance is presented as a helpful attitude for anyone to have or to gain. For the specific population of people coping with...

Elizabeth Michaelson Monaghan meets researchers to look behind the painting…
Rusi Jaspal and Barbara Lopes on their recent findings.
Duncan Gillard, Louise Hayes, Aoife McNally and Kate Willis on giving people skills to ‘reboot’ their lives.

You cannot predict the outcomes of human development. All you can do is, like a farmer, create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.
The late Sir Ken Robinson – author,...

We delve into the archive to pick out some highlights from this month in past years.
Dr Petra Boynton on coping with pregnancy loss, for Babyloss Awareness Week 2020.
Links to updates on the BPS ‘From Poverty to Flourishing’ campaign
Dr Anita Freeman with an account of an arts and health collaboration within a NHS paediatric HIV clinic.
Dr Jon Sutton introduces the issue.
Ian Florance hears about ‘…a rewarding experience’.
Kayleigh Watts, an Assistant Psychologist in the Neuropsychology Department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, considers frontotemporal dementia during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Claire Murphy-Morgan is Artistic Director of Newcastle-based arts charity Monkfish Productions, and a Northumbria University MSc Psychology Postgraduate. Here, she talks about an arts project helping to unlock the creative potential of us all as active citizens, by sharing good news for a change…