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The Psychologist Vol 33 No 1 January 2020

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Contents

Lately, I have become keen on the idea that we are not ‘Psychology Monthly’ or ‘Psychology World’, we are ‘The Psychologist’. To me at least, that affords a focus on psychologists as rounded individuals with other interests, and perhaps underlying traits and values holding our fragmenting discipline together. Perhaps that’s Pollyanna pie-in-the-sky, but still ‘What makes a Psychologist?’ feels like a legitimate and interesting question for the latest iteration of our ‘Voices In Psychology’ programme (p.26).

Alongside those pieces, we have related articles and interviews touching on imposterism and what it means to be a psychologist. In particular, I was struck by Jenny Taylor’s approach (p.42 to ‘safely and effectively stretching the traditional ideas of how we create change’). ‘Rather than starting from the assumption that as a professional you are probably right, see the value of being open to being wrong’, she advises.

Let’s continue this conversation across 2020.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor
@psychmag

Letters
Qual methods, action on climate change, and more

News
Workforce survey, fly or die, and much more

Digest
Poverty

'This is a great time for therapeutic architecture'
Kate Johnstone speaks to Evangelia Chrysikou

What makes a psychologist?
The five winning entries from our 2019 ‘Voices In Psychology’ programme, plus extracts from others

Shaking off the shackles of imposterism
Laura Kilby has some advice

‘You can safely and effectively stretch the traditional ideas of how we create change’
We meet Jenny Taylor

Stories of hope and growth
We hear from four different Assistant Psychologists

The pivotal role of emotions
Kal Kseib meets founders of modern psychotherapy

Careers
With Rosemary Rizq

Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies

Books
Claudia Hammond on rest

Culture
Including social psychology’s Jewish roots

One on one
With Costas Karageorghis

 

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