coronavirus

Dear Psychology,

You were referred following the loss of normality due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Together, we thought about how this has impacted your life. When we first met, you were in a state of shock, and throughout our sessions we explored how you were...

With the coronavirus pandemic, there is an immediate need for children’s health and mental health services to adopt digitally-mediated communication methods in their practice. In addition to remote intervention for the individual child, digital technologies can be used to...

Coronavirus has brought new challenges and disrupted the pattern of life. In education we are used to changes every year, but this abrupt transition took the classroom into home, with students learning remotely and parents adopting teaching roles. We are currently in limbo,...

There are multiple pandemics sweeping the globe in 2020.

The first, of course, is caused by the Covid-19 virus. But hot on its heels, we have seen conspiracy theories and false information spreading in its wake. There was the idea that the pandemic itself was a hoax,...

If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is the nation’s collective compassion for children and in particular for those who are vulnerable and in need. People have shown tremendous acts of kindness. The people cooking meals for families in need. The professionals...

Of all the tools and skills acquired as a practicing psychologist, the most important is empathy. Empathy is the magic dust which, when sprinkled liberally, allows exciting things to happen. Rigid, dictatorial systems limber up and start thinking about a person’s behaviour as...

I know how it feels to be old. The wrinkles do not diminish the desire to love and be loved, to touch and be touched, to be socially engaged, and to help myself and others find meaning and purpose.  

On a personal level, I have been widowed after a 48-year marriage,...

As the pandemic has progressed, it has become increasingly difficult to keep up with all the coverage online. In terms of coronavirus itself and the fight against it, there are some excellent science writers out there doing important work – Ed Yong stands out. 

Here, we...

In 1954, social psychologist Leon Festinger and colleagues observed a group of cult members who believed that the world would end with cataclysmic floods on 21 December. The cult members became isolated, locking themselves away until the moment would come when they expected...

There has been a huge shift in the nation’s recognition of the value and skills of essential workers, particularly in professions that may not have been appreciated prior to the Covid-19 pandemic (e.g. retail workers and carers). Following the crisis, will there be a similar...