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Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health
Humans are designed to touch and be touched – which is why so many who live on their own have suffered during the pandemic. Will we ever fully recover?

Eleanor Morgan

24, Jan, 2021 @2:00 PM

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The five: emotional contagion
The idea that emotions can ‘spread’ from one person to another seems to be taking hold in the psychological world

Ian Tucker

24, Jan, 2021 @5:30 AM

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Finding meaning in the life of a loved one who dies is part of grief
We’ve all lost so much through the pandemic, but by making sense of it we can look forward

Joanna Moorhead

17, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Rebecca Sawtell obituary
Other Lives: Clinical psychologist with a knack for drawing children into talking about their ordeals

Keir Salter

17, Jan, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Turn it down: how to silence your inner voice
Your internal monologue shapes mental wellbeing, says psychologist Ethan Kross. He has the tools to improve your mind’s backchat

Rachel Cooke

16, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Most of us are sticking to the lockdown rules, so why do we blame one another? | Stephen Reicher
Fixating on the actions of a handful of ‘covidiots’ will only undermine compliance among the population as a whole, says psychologist Stephen Reicher

Stephen Reicher

15, Jan, 2021 @2:39 PM

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Archive review – anyone for a posthuman wife? She comes with an off switch
A lonely computer scientist in the year 2038 secretly works on an android version of his wife who died in a car crash – is it romantic, or something more sinister?

Cath Clarke

14, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Act of Living by Frank Tallis review – what the analysts can teach us
We need a strong sense of self, to feel safe, to be loved. Reading Freud and others in the psychotherapeutic tradition can help, this genial study argues

Lisa Appignanesi

13, Jan, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Why it's time to stop pursuing happiness
Positive thinking and visualising success can actually make you miserable – happily, other strategies for fulfilment are available

David Robson

10, Jan, 2021 @12:30 PM

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Are our personalities set in stone, or can we work on – even improve – them?
Ask yourself what your ideal personality will be and, with self-awareness and repetitive practice, traits will follow. Jamie Waters reports

Jamie Waters

10, Jan, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Talking to yourself behind a face mask may do you good. Just ask Boswell | Rachel Cooke
Literature and now science suggest muttering in the second or third person can help with anxiety in difficult moments

Rachel Cooke

10, Jan, 2021 @7:15 AM

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Finding time for creativity will give you respite from worries
Drawing, singing, writing, knitting… lose yourself in something creative to find inner calm. You might also come up with solutions to problems

Sharon Walker

02, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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