Angry Boys Become Angry Men: The Constraints and Consequences of Idealising Hyper-Masculinity

The messages that we deliver to boys about what it means to be a man can have a powerful impact on who they become I recently watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix titled 'The Mask You Live In' about the American masculine ideal and the consequences of teaching boys not to value emotions, sensitivity, connection, [...]

What Do Clients Find Most Helpful About Therapy?

When clients first begin their therapy journey, they often ask to be taught specific skills that are going to help them achieve their particular goals. Clients believe that if they can be taught these skills, they will be able to overcome their difficulties or the problems that led to them entering therapy, and they will [...]

My Top 20 Psychology Books (5-1)

This is the final post in the countdown of my all-time top 20 popular Psychology books. For details on my selection criteria as well as further information on books 20 through to 6, please check out parts one (20-16), two (15-11) and three (10-6). Here are the titles that have been included so far: 20. [...]

My Top 20 Psychology Books (10-6)

Following on from my first two posts (20-16 and 15-11), I am continuing the countdown of my top 20 popular Psychology books. Here are the titles that have been included so far: 20. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Daniel Goleman (2005). Amazon.com star rating = 4.1/5 19. The Highly Sensitive Person: How [...]

How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?

I just finished reading the book 'Modern Romance: An Investigation' by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg and was pleasantly surprised to see such a well-researched book written predominantly by a Stand-up Comedian (with a helping hand from a Sociologist). For those of you who don't know Aziz, his stand-up shows typically consist of interesting observations [...]

Why Psychopaths Sometimes Succeed, and How You Can Too!

Q: What do James Bond, Dexter Morgan, and Hannibal Lecter all have in common? Apart from being fictitious characters, they are all fascinating to their millions of fans, and they are all Psychopaths. They all kill without any remorse and do what is required to be done to get what they want. The main difference [...]