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The Psychologist appeared at Latitude Festival in Suffolk for the third year running this summer, with two sessions. This one will be available as a podcast in the new year; what follows is an edited transcript.

Is it time...

The exhibition ‘Making Faces’ was set up to ‘explore the face, the body, the self and the disjuncture between what is seen and what is felt’. Situated in the bustling Southbank of our capital it is a powerful public expression of honesty and hope. The...

Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways is a wonderful collection of pictures and objects from the Adamson Collection curated by Dr Heather Tilly and Dr Fiona Johnstone. The Adamson Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of works by psychiatric patients, compiled by Mr...

Art bridges the gap between mental illness as disease and mental illness as an integral part of the human experience, in a way that science cannot. Artists of all shapes and forms have tapped into their own mental suffering to find creative power. Artistic representations of...

A recent article by Christian Jarrett on our Research Digest blog examined Norwegian research of the life experiences of clinical psychologists....

Art first burst onto the London theatre scene more than two decades ago in 1996, after a hugely successful reception in France two years earlier. The premise is simple. The relationships between three long-standing friends are tested when one of them, Serge, buys an...

Truth is relational, not relative (Boym, 2010, p.67)

A body is given me – what shall I do with it, so singular and so much mine? – Osip Mandelstam

Artist, cultural critic, writer and philosopher, Svetlana Boym, whose untimely passing was noted in this publication...

It’s an expression so familiar to many of us – wide-eyed, helpless, numb. Toby Brown’s captivating portraits have been striking a chord since his exhibition opened in London: ‘For me the eyes tell the story, not necessarily the rest of the face. A person can still be smiling...

On The Grove in Stratford, past the fried chicken and betting shops, you’ll find an installation shining bright during the cold wintry months. Ten double-sided lightboxes reaching over 2m high, stand where market stalls usually trade. Lit up 24 hours a day, they command...

Since at least the 13th century, artists have been fascinated by insanity. There are literally hundreds of images, most stylised and stereotypic, of ‘madness’ and ‘the madman’ (or woman). When asylums spread across 19th-century Europe, providing a captive population of mad...