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The Psychologist Vol 36 No 12 December 2021

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A few weeks into the first pandemic lockdown, I stood at the top of my road and looked out to the British Psychological Society offices in the distance. It’s a three mile bike ride which I have done many thousands of times, yet all I could think was ‘that is so far away… imagine going over there!’. The familiar had become unfamiliar – uncanny. I wasn’t alone in this, and just yesterday in The Guardian Professor Chris French commented on the launch of a new BBC podcast ‘Uncanny’ by saying that such feelings and beliefs tend to increase at times of stress, uncertainty and lack of control. So I hope you will find our collection around the uncanny, beginning on p.32, as timely as it is engaging. That’s another year’s worth of issues done, and I’m proud of what our small team have produced in often challenging circumstances. See thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/archive to pick out your favourite, and do reach out on Twitter with feedback and ideas for future topics and authors. 

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor
@psychmag

Letters
Pathocracy debate continues; mentoring; and more

Obituaries

News
BPS awards; universal credit; hybrid working; and more 

Digest
What happened with all the Covid research?

Changing the language of care
Carmel Jacob-Thomson with a professional and personal reflection on the words used to talk to and about care experienced children and young people

Diagnosis – only part of the picture
Lauren McGregor on neurodevelopmental labels

The familiar becomes strange… 
Pippa Goldschmidt and Gill Haddow on the uncanny in life

Eroding the uncanny valley 
Emma L. Barratt hears from researchers understanding our reactions to robotics

Uncanny places 
Lucy Huskinson explores

‘The uncanny depends on a disruption to the self’ 
Ella Rhodes uncovers uncanny thoughts and cognitive paradoxes

The same but different: A new reality following limb loss 
Clare Uytman

You do the hokey cokey and you turn it around…
Kerenza MacLennan on Makaton and more in her journey in forensic psychology

Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies

Books
The fun in feminism, with Madeleine Pownall and Wendy Stanton Rodgers; the painful truth; the teacher and the teenage brain; uncanny dehumanisation; and more

A family story
…with Hannah Sherbersky

Culture
Scenes From A Marriage; Squid Game; a new normal;     and an exploration of pain science and art

One on one
Kelly Dunn

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