Alaistair Campbell, formerly the press officer and arch spin-doctor of prime minister Tony Blair, gave a speech at Birmingham University last night on happiness. As someone who was at the height of politics for a decade, and also someone who’s been very honest about his struggle with mental illness, you’d expect him to be interesting, Read more…

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David Eagleman is the author of one of my favourite books of the last few years: Sum, which imagines 40 different versions of the after-life. You know how book-reviewers say ‘I couldn’t put it down’, well, Sum is the opposite sort of book. It keeps on sparking reveries in you, that make you put the Read more…

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As regular visitors will know, one of the things that fascinates me is the Quantified Self movement, whose motto is ‘self-knowledge through numbers’. Check out this video, about one of the websites that is part of that movement, Moodscope.

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Psychiatry is at war with itself. The battlefield is the forthcoming publication of the DSM 5 – the latest version of the diagnostic manual that defines mental illnesses for the industry. At stake is the authority of psychiatry, and our society’s whole approach to the mind and mental illness. This is the second of a Read more…

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I found an interesting show on Radio 4′s website this morning, called All In The Mind, which is a weekly programme on psychology presented by Claudia Hammond. I guess it’s the most mainstream regular show on psychology in the UK media. Anyway, the show I listened to was on CBT, and looked at the roll-out Read more…

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