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The Psychologist Vol 27 No 6 June 2014

The Psychologist Vol 27 No 6 June 2014

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If I was looking for my own personal crisis of masculinity as I thrust into my 40s, my recent reading matter would have provided plenty of prompts. Am I a 'Latte Dad' ( A 'Crappo' (see p.396)? Or a 'soushoku danshi'?

This latter identity (see is particularly interesting. Literally translated, 'grass-eating boys' are named for their lack of interest in sex and their preference for quieter, less competitive lives. Japan's 'herbivores' are apparently provoking a national debate about how the country's economic stagnation since the early 1990s has altered men's behaviour. 'Have men gotten weaker?', ask the talk shows.

Martin Seager and David Wilkins, introducing a special feature on p.404, might well argue that the position of 'male psychology' remains too weak. A series of articles consider this particular form of 'gender blindness' and its impact.
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Being a man - putting life before death
Martin Seager and David Wilkins address the need for this special feature on male psychology

A tapestry of oppression
Jennie Williams, David Stephenson and Frank Keating on how gender inequality is interwoven with other dimensions in society

Psychology, men and cancer 
Peter Branney, Karl Witty and Ian Eardley call for a consideration of masculinity in understanding and treating the disease

Are mental health services inherently feminised?
Linda Morison, Christina Trigeorgis and Mary John investigate

Engaging with the emotional lives of men
Roger Kingerlee, Duncan Precious, Luke Sullivan and John Barry consider the design of male-specific services and interventions

Looks back: Masculinity and mental health - the long view
Ali Haggett gives a historical perspective

Psychologists get busy at The Hub; combating 'isms' in fashion; Brain Prize; a 'play revolution; teachers and neuroscience; and more

New President and President Elect; Society accreditation goes global; Spearman Medal and Doctoral Award; voices and voice hearers seminar series; and more

Training places - competition and support; the dyslexia myth; Wikimedia; the Royal College of Psychologists debate; the NHS; dementia research challenges; clinical psychology in Sri Lanka; and more

Three academics give their views on the Scottish independence referendum and the likely outcome

Offensive slurs, psychology's vocabulary, and implicit bias, in the latest from the guest hosts on our free Research Digest (see

From 'year Dot' to the future: we talk to the Society's new President, Dorothy Miell

We talk to Chartered Psychologist Dawn Reeves, and Peter Storr reminds us that we are in charge of our careers

One on one
With Elizabeth Peel, Professor of Psychology and Social Change in the Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester

Exploring epilepsy through art and science; Damon Albarn; The Examined Life; the meaning of life with Richard Herring; The Island with Bear Grylls; The Shock
of the Fall; Vertigo Roadtrip; and much more

Four years ago
Go online for our archive, including Martin Monti and Adrian Owen on 'The aware mind in the motionless body'

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Artists Denis Connolly and Anne Cleary on a collaboration with psychologist Dr Patrick Cavanagh


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