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The Psychologist Vol 36 No 11 November 2021

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Contents

I write in an empty office, which I’ve returned to one day a week mostly for a change of scenery. The world of work is clearly changing, and packed offices and large real-world conferences still feel some way off. That makes for an interesting backdrop to our collection of interviews with keynote speakers from the BPS-hosted Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, set for Glasgow in January. Sustainable livelihoods, career inaction and the collective dimension are on the agenda. Pack your ‘resilience to uncertainty’ (p.46). A warning: this issue contains Trump. Every time this happens I get a few e-mails from self-proclaimed ‘right wing’ members, so by now I’m well aware that one person’s ‘ruthless, amoral’ leader (p.40) is another person’s beacon of compassion. That makes Steve Taylor’s starter for debate, ‘The problem of pathocracy’, all the more intriguing and challenging. And if it, or anything else in this issue, makes you angry… see p.20..

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor
@psychmag

Letters
Reaction, trauma, Society President and more

Obituaries
Jack Rachman and more

News
UK Repro, student EDI, fear, and much more

Digest
Anger, and more

Work in the real world
Ian Bushnell introduces a set of conversations between Ingrid Covington and keynotes for the upcoming BPS-hosted Congress of the European Association for Work and Organizational Psychology…

‘Unfreezing moments are here… we have to be ready to work together’
Stuart Carr

‘How can we ensure people have a career that shapes them in a positive way?’
Ans DeVos

‘Open your eyes to collective dimensions’
Alex Haslam

‘How individuals impact the place – not just how the place impacts individuals’
Gilad Chen

The problem of pathocracy
Do psychologists have a responsibility to prevent ruthless, amoral people attaining positions of power? Steve Taylor considers the arguments.

Resilience to uncertainty
Elenore Batteux

From Scotland to Italy, from Psychology to Maths and back again
Fraser Lauchlan on an unusual journey

‘Trauma work is a search for meaning’
We meet Noreen Tehrani

Jobs in psychology

Books
Mari Fitzduff on ‘our brains at war’; the psychological roots of the climate crisis; and more

Books as friends
Keith Oatley wonders whether Marcel Proust might stand alongside William James as a psychologist

Culture
Where the River Meets the Sea; Derriere Les Fronts; postpandemic gigs; Oliver Sacks

One on one
Dominic Abrams

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