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‘The neurotic sets to work to mold himself into a supreme being of his own making. He holds before his soul his image of perfection and unconsciously tells himself: “Forget about the disgraceful creature you actually are; this is how you should be; and to be this idealized self is all that matters. You should be able to endure everything, to understand everything, to like everybody, to be always productive”.’ That’s German Psycholanalyst Karen Horney on what she called ‘the tyranny of the should’. I would wager many of us feel the weight of that tyranny more around New Year. So a theme I see in this issue is that while there are plenty of goals you could set yourself for 2022, maybe don’t lose too much sleep feeling you should. How we view a ‘psychologically rich’, meaningful life, and the expectations we have around targets, are crucial elements of change in our personal and work lives. Here’s to another year of being disgraceful creatures, liberated from the tyranny of the shoulds.
Dr Jon Sutton
Pathocracy, continued; diversity; and we hear from the President and Chief Executive
Senate theme; and Adam Jowett talks conversion therapy
Towards a ‘rich’ 2022; gaming; race; and more
The Psychologist Guide to… finding meaning
Ella Rhodes hears from psychologists with evidencebased tips
So you survived a brain tumour… what next?
Rachael Simms-Moore was. one of the lucky few. So why didn’t she feel it?
New Year’s expectations
ur beliefs can powerfully shape our reality, says David Robson. Here’s how to make a positive self-fulfilling prophecy in 2022…
‘It’s a process that starts with simmering dissatisfaction’
Identity and transition in our working lives, with Herminia Ibarra
Maggi Evans on a way to tackle the ‘Great Resignation’ and record vacancies
Personality – a question of habit
‘Asking the provocative questions is the real value we add’
We meet Jonathan Passmore, Chair of the new Division of Coaching Psychology
A glimpse of our potential
We meet Steve Taylor, past Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section
Jobs in psychology
Featured job, latest vacancies
Hugh Koch on thinking back positively; reviews; extracts
A family story
…with Hannah Sherbersky
Pete Olusoga is joined on his podcast by John Amaechi; plus Pig and Maid
One on one