Our July time machine

We delve into the archive to pick out some highlights from this month in past years.

At the beginning of each month, we will revisit some past issues. What did you miss? How have the ideas within the articles stood the test of time?

Let's set the controls for July…

In 2020 we had our first summer special print edition, with around 160 psychologists contributing to our theme of 'Towards a new normal, and beyond'. We had loads of Covid-related content, including Kavita Vedhara on vaccine adjuvents and David Robson on vaccinating against viruses of the mind. We also looked towards the psychology of the future with our collection of 2040 visions, including Linda Kaye on when the job hunts you, and Roxane Gervais on flexibility in leadership at work in 2040.

In July 2019 we had a special collection on alcohol:
Challenging the language of alcohol problems – James Morris and Claire Melia
‘Your number one problem substance is alcohol’ – Michael Kelleher
Finding moderation online – Emma L. Davies, Zarnie Khadjesari, Olga Perski and Claire Garnett
A threadbare patchwork of support – Will Haydock

In 2018, Christina Richards introduced a feature on how psychologists’ own artistic creations reflect their internal lives. Karen Rodham argued that self-management is overrated while face-to-face therapeutic interaction is underrated. Andrew Wickens marked a centenary for Brenda Milner.

Our July 2017 issue featured Brian Parkinson on interpersonal effects of facial expression, Ella Rhodes on tackling extremism, and Chris Athanasiadis on how depressed men can transcend their stoic approach. Sally Marlow and Kate Johnstone considered the power of the arts in mental health, and Matthew Pugh looked at the potential of chairwork. We also had Chris R. Brewin and Bernice Andrews on false memories of childhood abuse, and Ali Teymoori and Rose Trappe on Kant’s influence on psychology.

In 2016, Dorothy Bishop celebrated the career of Reuben Conrad. Liz Stokoe taught us how to talk so people listen, and Tim Lomas delved into second wave positive psychology. Susan Moore considered teenagers in love, and Laura J. Speed asked how olfactory studies inform theories of language and perception.

In July 2015 Jamie Barker and Matt Slater considered the psychology at play in cricket. We had Jonathan Myers on why we see monsters and what form they take, Stephanie M. Cobb on transference and countertransference, and Paul Ghuman on Dalit resistance and identity.

In 2014, we looked at the cycle-ology of the Tour de France, and considered eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). We searched for the elusive successful psychopath, and asked why beliefs about autobiographical memory matter.

Our 2013 issue was a special on expert witness work. We heard about psychologists' interactions with the legal system, and looked back at a history of psychologists in the witness box. There were also articles on the ongoing challenges of HIV stigma and psychology in the operating theatre

In 2012 we got ready for the Olympics and Paralympics with a look at the psychology of competition. We asked psychologists what the Olympics means to them, and looked at the contribution of the Olympics to mainstream psychology.

Our July 2011 issue featured the beauty of artfractal geometry, dominance and rudeness. In 2010 we looked at conspiracy theories and scepticism, and looked back on a meeting of minds between Carl Jung and the physicist Wolfgang Pauli.

In 2009 we considered dancing plagues and mass hysteria, plus paranoia. In 2008 we had existential concerns, and reconsidered our most treasured childhood memories. In 2007, there was a look at capitalism and mental illness, and health information online.

Our July 2006 issue featured the science of body metrics, and the causes and treatments of personality disorder. Our 2005 issue was a special on disability, and in 2004, we looked at the reality behind TV depictions of police psychologists.

In 2003 we looked at intergroup contact for reducing conflict, and what’s wrong with the Rorschach test. In 2002 we asked if the Society’s accreditation of the psychology degree has hindered the growth of the discipline, and looked at the commercialisation of science

In 2001 we featured anomalistic psychology and British attitudes towards European integration. In 2000 we looked at psychopathy, in 1999 we argued for radical change in the education system, and in 1998 we looked at self-esteem.

Now that we’ve reached 1997, issues are available only as whole downloadable PDFs… For the rest of the 90s find stress and the immune systemengineering psychologyscientific purity versus pragmatismdisastrous decisionspersonality traitstorturecognitive psychology and animal models of grief

In 1989 we looked to the future of psychological sciences, and our first ever July issue in 1988 considered hypnosis

Remember, you can explore our complete archive via https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/archive or by using the search function.

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