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The Psychologist Vol 31 No 2 February 2018

The Psychologist Vol 31 No 2 February 2018

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In the late 1990s, dating was still fairly low tech. In my search for love, I had to place a personal in an actual physical magazine and they would send the actual physical replies to my flat. Guardian Soulmates took it up a notch: you recorded a greeting, and then phoned in nervously to listen to any messages left for you. I received just the one. It said: 'Actually, you sound rather boring, I don't think I'll bother.'

So has the dawn of apps made the game of love even more cruel? On p.46, Hannah Potts looks at the evidence. If that leaves you hankering for a bit of kindness and compassion, Lee Rowland (p.30) and Paul Gilbert (p.36) have it covered.

For more on dating and attraction, why not revisit the very first episode of our Research Digest podcast PsychCrunch, via digest (

These days my perfect match would be any psychologist out there whose work could grace our cover. Reach out and make a connection, particularly if you've not yet featured in our pages!

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor


Failure; and more

Events; research; honours; and more

Good grief
Margaret Stroebe and Henk Schut on the difference between healthy grief work and unhealthy rumination

Kindness - Society's golden chain?
Lee Rowland

'Compassion is an antidote to cruelty'
Kal Kseib meets Paul Gilbert

'I'm happy to be an academic and a psychologist committed to positive change'
We talk to Ashley Weinberg

'You can always press delete'
Should we keep playing the game of love? Hannah Potts wonders.

The age of illusions
Nicholas Wade on a new world in the 19th century

Looking back
Chris Timms on Field Marshal Montgomery

Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies


Jane; Black Mirror; and more

A to Z
N is for...


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