Our June 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 June…

In our June 2020 issue Jacy L. Young and Peter Hegarty looked at psychology’s sexual harassment problem. We featured Anne Templeton on building inclusive supervision environments. Rupert Brown considered the life and legacy of Henri Tajfel, and Liam Cross looked to synchrony as a solution to intergroup conflict.

In June 2019 Catherine Lido used big data to explore inclusion in Learning Cities. Ruth Spence, Lisa Kagan and Antonia Bifulco asked why life events are troubling, while Lauren Mountain asked if she can sympathise with mothers who have hurt their children. Arne Dietrich pondered whether we’re asking the right questions about creativity in the brain. Trevor Harley looked at the effects of weather and climate on personality and behaviour. We shared an exclusive chapter about online grief from Elaine Kasket’s book ‘All the Ghosts in the Machine’.

Our 2018 issue featured Carl Walker, Ewen Speed and Danny Taggart who argued that psychology’s capacity to impact policy is overrated. We had Emma Palmer-Cooper on public involvement in research, Tim Callen with advice on penalty shootouts, and Jorina von Zimmermann and Daniel C. Richardson on synchrony and the art of signalling. Riya Yadav offered a critical take on Freud and penis envy.

In the run up to the general election in 2017, we had a special on democracy and psychologists’ engagement in social and political action, including:
Democracy in danger – Roger Paxton
Building democracy – Ashley Weinberg
‘Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself’ – Peter Kinderman
Reclaiming the truth – Karen M. Douglas, Chee Siang Ang and Farzin Deravi
A lens onto fake news – Simon Knight
Beyond borders – Alastair Nightingale, Simon Goodman and Sam Parker

The June 2016 issue hit doormats with our Guide to Leadership. In the magazine we had S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher on leadership in football. We also had Ryan Aguiar on brain injury and crime, Jemma Hogwood on her work with survivors of the Rwandan genocide, and David Harper with a psychosocial approach to public mental health. Edgar Jones looked back at how British people responded to air raids during the Second World War.

In 2015, leading neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reflected on mistakes, mystery and the mind. Alexandra Rutherford, Kelli Vaughn-Johnson and Elissa Rodkey asked if psychology has a gender. Marc Abrahams, founder of the Ig Nobel prizes, shared some research to make you smile and think. Anna Ruddle and Sarah Dilks considered whether therapists should talk about themselves in therapy.

Our June 2014 issue was a special on male psychology, with:
Being a Man – putting life before death – Martin Seager and David Wilkins
A tapestry of oppression – Jennie Williams, David Stephenson and Frank Keating
Psychology, men and cancer – Peter Branney, Karl Witty and Ian Eardley
Are mental health services inherently feminised? Linda Morison, Christina Trigeorgis and Mary John
Engaging with the emotional lives of men – Roger Kingerlee, Duncan Precious, Luke Sullivan and John Barry
Masculinity and mental health – the long view – Ali Haggett

In 2013, we asked why we have greater insight into others than ourselves. We imagined the future, mapped belief structures with network analysis, and looked back at some intriguing connections between Freud and the British royal family.

Our 2012 issue featured toilet psychologylearning disability, and psychology in the Arab world. We looked back at life in Leicestershire’s first lunatic asylum.

Our June 2011 issue was a special on pain, with a look at the different ways people experience pain, a paradigm shift in pain, the patient’s viewpoint, and chronic pain. In 2010 we went looking for consciousnessreimagined our school system, and looked at how to raise school attendance.

In 2009 we heard from Albert Bandura on abating urgent global problems. We asked whether siblings are friends or foes, looked at giftedness, and revisited returning to work. Our 2008 issue was a special on visible difference, and we also looked back at the Society a century before then, in 1908.

In June 2007 find articles on archivingalopecia and intelligence. In 2006 we had more on intelligence, plus attractionrecovered and false memories, and metaphors of the mind in novels. In 2005 we considered lesbian, gay and heterosexual relationships, and gender in policing.

Our June 2004 issue featured disgustmagical thinking, and the origins of the Rorschach test. In 2003 we looked at offender profiling and client-centred psychotherapy. In 2002 find cultural diversity and addressing racism in social institutions. In 2001 we had geniusessleep and practical recommendations for promoting peace

In June 2000 we looked at siblings, and talk-in-interaction. In 1999 find eyewitness testimonyethics and personality. In 1998 we featured conflictsemotion and intrusive memories.  

Now that we’ve reached 1997, issues are available only as whole downloadable PDF files… In our June issues for the rest of the 90s find thinking and reasoningtranspersonal psychology, psychological effects of unemploymentvideo violenceanabolic steroids, the undergraduate curriculumbullying and a look at ethnicity in British clinical psychology

In 1989 we considered the implications of the Education Reform Act, and in our first ever June issue, in 1988, we looked at violent offenders, hunger, and more

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

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