As anyone with kids of a certain age will tell you, naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall is a tough guy. Perhaps this is what makes his reaction to being stung by hundreds of bullet ants, as part of a tribal ritual, all the more powerful. Watch it at tinyurl.com/d6z4b9 for a graphic illustration of how pain can completely take over your body and mind.
Interestingly, Backshall has also suffered recently with chronic pain (see tinyurl.com/63l39mz), which is more the focus of this special issue. Christopher Eccleston gives an overview of the area; Amanda C. de C. Williams talks to three people who have used their own pain to ease that of others; Christian Jarrett looks at individual differences in pain; and we have a 'Looking back' from one of the giants of pain research, Ronald Melzack.
Also in this issue, we talk to David Halpern, a psychology graduate who advised Tony Blair and now leads the Behavioural Insight Team for the government. Gerry Mulhern signs off as President in his final column, Sophie Scott's research features in the 'Big picture' poster, and we meet Jaak Panksepp in 'One on one'.
Dr Jon Sutton
Ouch! The different ways people experience pain
Christian Jarrett examines the psychology of pain perception
A normal psychology of chronic pain
Christopher Eccleston explains how psychology is working to help people disabled by pain
Noel A. Card and Deborah M. Casper ask whether they are necessary challenges or markers of social maladjustment
An insight into 'nudge'
Christian Jarrett fires some questions at David Halpern, Director of Research at the Institute for Government
Pain - the patient's viewpoint
Amanda C. de C. Williams talks to three people who have used their own pain to ease that of others
The Middle East; IAPT; chronic fatigue; religion; boys and psychology; and more
News and digest
Building a happier society; a negative side of positive psychology; the Academy meets academia; nuggets from the Society's new Occupational Digest; and more
Gail Kinman on media coverage from the Society's Annual Conference in Glasgow
a novel contribution to the theory of mind; rethinking psychosis; protecting children from violence; and more
The final President's column from Gerry Mulhern; new obesity report; Doctoral Award winners; proposed special group; IAPT register; Society website; and more
How to get ahead in the psychology of advertising: Ian Florance talks to Daniel Müllensiefen and Sarah Carter from advertising agency DDB; David Lurie, Managing Director of Setsights Ltd, seeks insight at Psychology For All
An author of the hugely influential gate theory of pain, Ronald Melzack, on an important paradigm shift over the last half-century
One on one
...with Jaak Panksepp