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The Psychologist Vol 37 No 2 February 2022

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Contents

I’ve not seen Game of Thrones (‘Peter Stringfellow’s Lord of the Rings’ – Stewart Lee). But Tyrion Lannister was spot on when he said ‘There is nothing more powerful in the world than a good story’. Storytelling may even be what defines us as a species. However we gather, people tell stories. We challenge, titillate, scandalise, amuse, change minds. We build worlds, guide our audience on winding roads, tangents and dead ends. We create heroes and villains. People think, feel, do differently because of what we have said. Except when we write about science. Of course, there are brilliant exceptions. But on the whole, psychologists hold back from telling stories around their work, and may even equate storytelling with exaggeration and outright lying.  As a magazine we’d love to see that change, so this issue has a storytelling theme throughout. Joining the dots, and adding some personal colour to the story, can bring concepts to life and drive real change.

Dr Jon Sutton
Managing Editor
@psychmag

Letters
Slow science in scholarly critique, and more

Obituaries
Albert Bandura

News
The wider workforce, BPS member vote, honours; and more

A good news story worth sharing
Emma Young on conversations, plus more from the Research Digest

‘You have to find a way to bring psychological concepts to life’
Belinda Winder hears from Phil Banyard

‘Storytelling is your best weapon for convincing people’
We meet Will Storr

‘All of the research is pointless if we can’t digest it’
Angharad Rudkin on writing for the public

‘It’s just a bunch of people telling your story, and excluding you from the telling’
Caroline Clare on shared formulation with stories

‘Thematic analysis has travelled to places we’ve never heard of’
Astrid Coxon meets Virginia Braun and Victoria Clarke, to discuss a method where scientists are more like storytellers

Our storytelling nature
Jonathan Gottschall looks back on the Heider-Simmel experiment

From interrogation to conversation
Kai Li Chung and Ray Bull on global guidelines

‘Psychology keeps you asking questions’
We meet Melanie Dawn Douglass

Jobs in psychology

Books
Stories changing lives; the hidden diary of an apartheid prisoner; the workplace zoo; and Frank Tallis on storytelling

Culture
Thomas Dixon and John Geddes in discussion over the Anatomy of Melancholy; the Imperial War Museum Holocaust Galleries; and more

One on one
Kanthi Hettigoda

Updating the BPS Charter, Statute and Rules
Vote now on proposed changes; see also letter from the President sent with this issue

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