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The controversy surrounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has overshadowed one very important
issue —how can psychologists help patients with CFS?
Peter Spencer, a former sufferer himself,recalls how cognitive behavioural techniqes helped put him on the road to recovery.

IN the Summer of 1994 I was struck by
the illness known as Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome (a.k.a. Post Viral Fatigue
Syndrome (PVFS) or Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis — ME). It was...

Guy Claxton on the value of not always understanding what is going on.

INTUITION has been an uncomfortable,
and therefore, for most of this
century a neglected, notion in psychology.
It smacks too much of things
from which psychology as an...

How do we measure the quality of life facing children with long-term or chronic health problems? Christine Eiser looks at the progress in this article, origanally given as the 1997 C.S. Myers Lecture.

IMPROVEMENTS in medical care
mean that survival rates in children
with a wide range of chronic conditions
have improved significantly within
the relatively recent past. It...

The Professional Affairs Board recently called for an authoritative account of thr revision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Tom McMillian and Stephen Ireland take up this challenge.

MANY if not most of us know
someone who has been the
victim of a violent assault, and
can understand that the neurological and
psychological consequences in particular...

Andy Young and Vicki Bruce report on their exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

FOR centuries, the face has provided artists with a subject which is both technically demanding and rich in social significance. Many of the most famous works of Western art have been portraits or...

Sue Cavill visited Ruth Nissim, a Chartered Educational and Clinical Psychologist with Oxfordshire Social Services*, for our occasional series 'Psychology in practice'.

SOME of the most disadvantaged
children in Britain, those within the
care system, are also the least likely
to receive the help they need, according
to Ruth Nissim, a...

In 1995 the Division of Counselling Psychology commissioned a study of psychologists' views and practices in working with lesbian and gay clients in psychotherapy. Martin Milton and Adrain Coyle prsent the key findings and offer some thoughts on future practice developments.

BRITISH psychologists have paid
relatively little attention to the
issues involved in working with
lesbian and gay clients in psychotherapeutic
contexts. The British
...

An individual's IQ score is often portrayed as a fixed and unchangeable measure of intelligence. Michael J.A. Howe argues intervention can produce lasting change, but it also needs to take account of a whole range of social circumstances.

CAN a person’s IQ substantially
change? Conflicting answers have
been given. A number of prominent
authorities on intelligence insist that
an individual’s IQ is highly...

Bernard Kat reports on behalf of the Professional Affairs board.

RECORDS are an important element
of professional practice, whether
they are written or typed on paper,
audio-taped, video-taped, photographed
or recorded through...

Many people gamble regularly on the UK National Lottery. Eileen Hill and Janis Williamson discuss the decisions players make when participating in the Lottery draw, and explain the psychological principles underlying those decisions.

MARK Griffiths, in his article ‘The
National Lottery and scratch-cards’
(The Psychologist, January
1997), claims ‘the lottery phenomenon
has gripped the nation’s psyche’....

Margaret McAllister, President of the
Society from 1996-1997,gave her Presidential Address
at the Society ’s Annual Conference in April 1997.

THE effects of context on human behaviour have long been recognized.
Psychology as a discipline operates in a wide variety of contexts
and I propose to consider some of those contexts...