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The Psychologist Vol 31 No 8 August 2018

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Contents

In the opening chapters of his new book Notes on a Nervous Planet, bestselling author Matt Haig quotes the minimalism advocate Fumio Sasaki: 'There's happiness in having less'. Haig realises that it's a 'more general overload... A life overload.' On p.48, he talks with us about 'editing your lives so that they make sense again'.

But is our pursuit of happiness fundamentally selfish? Does the20th anniversary of the birth of positive psychology this month make its early focus on wellbeing seem rather quaint, long since superseded by the pursuit of 'virtue'? Joe Smith investigates on p.28.

Elsewhere, the 'rated' piece (p.50) is a personal favourite, as Mats Alvesson looks at both grandiosity and functional stupidity. Don't we all walk a tightrope between the two, in both our professional and personal lives? No? Just me then...

If you think you could help us with that balance, and take us to new heights, you may be interested in a rare opportunity to join our staff team: as a full-time Deputy Editor. See p.61.

Dr Jon Sutton
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Letters
The Stanford Prison Experiment revelations; mental health in schools; and more

News
Impact; trolling; Maslow; and more

In search of the brain of Descartes
What has psychology learned from the study of famous brains? G. Neil Martin investigates.

How selfish is your search for happiness?
Joe Smith on the 20th anniversary of the birth of positive psychology

Are neurodevelopmental disorders discrete conditions?
Emilia Misheva

'A rigorous way of dealing with some messy real-world data'
Madeleine Pownall meets David Clarke

Grandiosity, and functional stupidity
Mats Alvesson with his 'rated'

Careers
We meet Dion Terrelonge to hear about 'style psychology' and more; and Assistant Psychologist Chris Millar on female offender care

Jobs in psychology

Culture
Liz Jenkinson visits a Grayson Perry exhibition; Q+A with Sharron Hinchliff; and the Arts in Mind Festival

A to Z

 

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