Coming back to life? Abandoning the relentless pursuit of happiness

The pursuit of happiness is inescapable. Search for happiness  in online bookstores and you will find any number of tomes which claim, to a greater or lesser extent, to enable you to achieve sustained happiness. Newspapers and magazines churn out article after article on the latest happiness trends.  The latest article I read this week … More Coming back to life? Abandoning the relentless pursuit of happiness

Mean Girls? Why Women Engage in ‘Slut-Shaming’ of Other Women

Recently, Kim Kardashian West posted a nude selfie on twitter. I’m sure most of you have seen the photo, but if not, she is standing in front of a mirror naked, covered only by two black bars. The caption reads, ‘When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL‘. And people lost their minds. Other … More Mean Girls? Why Women Engage in ‘Slut-Shaming’ of Other Women

“I want the bigger half!”: The distorted logic of sibling rivalry

Sibling rivalry – fighting, competition and jealousy between brothers and sisters – has driven parents crazy for generations. For many parents, constant battles between siblings are a daily challenge. The battles typically rage over things like sharing toys (‘but it’s mine!’), who got the most sweets and who is the favourite child. Arguments can escalate … More “I want the bigger half!”: The distorted logic of sibling rivalry

Man on the Moon: How John Lewis won our hearts, minds… and money

Man on the Moon, the new John Lewis Christmas advert, may have made you cry sentimental tears. It may have annoyed you with its scientific inaccuracies. It may have irritated you because there is very little in it that you can actually buy – the telescope the man receives isn’t even available for purchase – … More Man on the Moon: How John Lewis won our hearts, minds… and money

Why we want to be skinny little chimps: Dispelling the myth of powerful media influence on women’s pursuit of thinness

I am often asked to comment on the role of the media, advertising and the fashion industry (I will just refer to them as the media for simplicity) in shaping women’s desire to be thin, and on the psychological impact of exposure to the so-called ‘thin ideal’. Behind these questions, I often feel there is … More Why we want to be skinny little chimps: Dispelling the myth of powerful media influence on women’s pursuit of thinness

Never mind the Hollywood age gap: Why older men dating younger women is not just a movie cliche

An article in i100 last week reported an analysis of the differences between the ages of twenty high earning male actors and those of the women playing their love interests in over four hundred films. The analysis showed that the men were at least ten years older than their female love interests in over one third … More Never mind the Hollywood age gap: Why older men dating younger women is not just a movie cliche

Sleeping with wolves: The evolution of human relationships with dogs

Contrary to popular belief, dogs may not be direct descendants of any wolf species alive today. Recent DNA analysis raises the possibility that both dogs and existing wolves may have descended from a common wolf or wolf-like ancestor. However, dogs and wolves are closely related due to this shared genetic heritage. The earliest evidence of domestication … More Sleeping with wolves: The evolution of human relationships with dogs