culture

In transforming the way we live and relate to each other, the Covid-19 pandemic has also radically altered the context in which we make decisions. When making trade-offs and planning for the future, people must now consider financial scarcity from lost employment...

When people from the island of Bali in Indonesia are afraid, they fall asleep. Or at least, that’s what they’re supposed to do.

Falling asleep might seem like a strange thing to do when you’re afraid. If you’re from a Western culture, you’re supposed to freeze on the...

A wealth of evidence underscores the positive impact that arts and culture can have on our health, our individual and collective wellbeing, and our ability to live rich, meaningful lives. These affordances have come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic, with myriad arts...

Zenobia Nadirshaw has led a fascinating, packed life. Doing it justice in one interview may be beyond my skills, so we’ll look mostly at her work on what she describes as, ‘the clash between Western thinking and the clients’ different ethnic and class backgrounds and cultures...

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...

Do you remember the 80’s? Not just the creative hair (mullets, high-top fades, puffed-up back combs… the quiff), but Thatcherism, the struggle to end apartheid, social unrest, riots and anti-fascism. ‘The Place is Here’ exhibition at Nottingham contemporary represents the...

At traffic junctions all over Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, poor children sell fruit, newspapers or chewing gum to middle-class motorists in shiny 4x4s. If not selling, they may just hang around in the urban centres; some are gang members involved in petty crime and violence...