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As the 2015-2016 football season got under way, the football fans among us here at the Leicester-based British Psychological Society were not optimistic about our local club's chances. Having narrowly avoided relegation the owners had turned to Claudio Ranieri as manager, an appointment widely greeted as 'uninspired' and a 'huge punt'. The bookies duly installed them as a 5000-1 shot for the title.
Even if you hate football, you may be aware of what happened next. The story transcends the sport, and I can attest to a very special atmosphere in the ground and wider city this season. This month's cover feature considers Ranieri as an embodiment of the 'new psychology of leadership', which also informs the second of our pull-out guides (kindly sponsored by Goldsmiths Institute of Management Studies).
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Dr Jon Sutton
Leicester's lesson in leadership
S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher suggest a leader is not 'the special one', but 'the one who makes us special'
Absent fathers and sexual strategies
Sarah E. Hill, Randi P. Proffitt Leyva and Danielle J. DelPriore take an evolutionary approach and uncover some surprising findings
Beyond individual therapy
David Harper looks towards a psychosocial approach to public mental health
Brain injury and crime
Ryan Aguiar suggests that neuropsychology needs to think differently
New voices: Dangerous deviation or creative responsiveness?
Matt Selman on improvisation and therapy
Books in mind; sexual violence at university; wellbeing issues facing psychological professionals;conspiracy in the pub; LSD study; and more
New Society President stirs debate; impact; faith and therapy; welfare fund; boarding school; obituaries; President's Letter; and more
Deradicalisation, the 'mental abacus' technique, effective leadership, and more, in the latest from our free Research Digest (see www.bps.org.uk/digest)
Khadj Rouf interviews Jemma Hogwood about her work with survivors of the Rwandan genocide
we hear from Cordelia Galgut, on how cancer diagnosis and treatment has affected her work as a counselling psychologist; and Caroline Limbert discusses the first Society-accredited overseas Health Psychology MSc, and what the experience has done for her career and those of her graduates
One on one
with Victoria Simms, University of Ulster
Opening Skinner's Box; 'This is a Voice' at the Wellcome Collection; Mars One; Elegy; Love + Radio podcast; a film adaptation of the story of Stanley Milgram's obedience studies; and more
Air raids and the crowd - citizens at war
Edgar Jones explores how British people responded to air raids during the Second World War, and what this tells us about coping under extreme stress
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The Psychologist Guide to... Leadership
Centre-page pull-out Ella Rhodes speaks to psychologists to elicit some evidence-based tips. Sponsored by Goldsmiths Institute of Management Studies.