coronavirus

On 10 May 2020, the strict social distancing rules aimed to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 within the community eased, including the reopening of garden centres. Approximately 87 per cent of UK households have access to a domestic garden [1], with gardening...

On one hand, the Covid-19 crisis immediately levelled many existing inequalities within society, suddenly rendering everyone at risk. People, rich or poor, were drawn together around their shared sense of responsibility to one another. Previously unseen members of society...

Action research theorist Karl Lewin (1946), working in the shadow of genocide and fascism, argued that social change follows a period of unfreezing social structures. After this change, a recrystallisation – a refreezing – into a new status quo will occur. We are...

My crossroad artwork reflects on how people take different directions in deciding how to take action in the face of ambiguity/uncertainty.

To quote Pliny the Edler, in his theory of natural history, the ‘one certainty is that nothing is certain’. And yet we...

As an occupational psychologist and assessor of safety cultures across multinationals in mining, oil and gas and chemical processing, I have facilitated many groups of frontline operators discussing their use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work. From aluminium...

Dr Vicktor Frankl, the 20th-century psychiatrist, coined the term ‘tragic optimism’, embodying it in his own life. During the Nazi occupation, Frankl lost his parents, wife, and brother. He survived several concentration camps, and following his release from Turkheim, Frankl...

Covid-19 has turned our personal and professional lives upside down. For far too many it has brought tragedy and trauma in its infectious wake. The long-term individual economic and social costs are only just starting...

I work in an acquired brain injury service that provides rehabilitation services to adults who are either back living in their local community or in our neuro-residential settings. Primarily with the aid of various forms of technology, we have continued to provide psychology...

To paraphrase (or butcher, depending on your view), the words of Winnicott; there is no such thing as the human race. That is, similar to the baby that cannot live without a caregiver, the human race cannot live outside of the planet’s ecosystems or natural natural...

With more than 40 years as a developmental and health psychologist with research on deprivation and disadvantage, and as a grandmother, many children have talked with me over the years, both at home and in research. In 2015 I published what some children told me was normal...