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Many years ago, my best friend and I were so convinced that life was increasingly becoming about 'stuff and things' that we registered the internet domain name www.stuffandthings.com. Like many of my possessions - DVD boxsets I will never watch, books awaiting that elusive relaxing beach holiday, enough Lego to start a shop - this is now gathering dust. As Charlie Brooker has said, we live in a stuff-a-lanche, and I want less.
Yet even in these austere times, many of us continue to accumulate goods, defining ourselves to varying extents by what we own. We use things to signal who we want to be and where we want to belong. They become our legacy. Our journalist Dr Christian Jarrett considers this lifelong relationship with objects.
If you're a fan of shiny tech things, have you tried out The Psychologist on tablet, smartphone and Kindle yet? It's available to Society members by logging in via www.tinyurl.com/yourpsych. It's early days and development of our online presence remains in the pipeline, but good things come to those who wait!
Dr Jon Sutton
The psychology of stuff and things
Christian Jarrett on our lifelong relationship with objects
Social support following stroke
Camilla Cookson and Joe Casey discuss psychological and functional outcomes
The voices others cannot hear
Simon McCarthy-Jones and Eleanor Longden look at what they mean and, for people who want support, what is to be done
Interview: Managing to make a difference
Jon Sutton talks to occupational psychologist Emma Donaldson-Feilder
Methods: Why are effect sizes still neglected?
Peter E. Morris and Catherine O. Fritz
Public protection; DCP, diagnosis and DSM; unknown unknowns; neuro-linguistic programming; media ethics
News and digest
3D brain mapping; poor reporting practices; impact factors; adult neurogenesis; perinatal mental illness; the latest nuggets from the Society's free Research Digest service (see www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog); and more
President's column; new Psychology Education Board Chair; Special Group for Independent Practitioners; Disaster, Crisis and Trauma Section; and more
Careers and appointments
We hear from Ian Gargan, Chartered Psychologist and new Chair of the Society's Representative Council; from NHS to private practice; and working in the College of Policing
The usual mix of books, TV, radio, exhibitions, radio and film
Beating the odds of addiction: Dana Smith with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)
Understanding amnesia: Is it time to forget HM? John P. Aggleton questions the value of the famous case study.
One on one
...with Pat Lindley