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The Edit: Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we take a look at what individuals and businesses can do to tackle the growing mental health crisis.

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Josh Roberts: Breaking down the stigma around men’s mental health

Josh Roberts, author of Anxious Man, discusses his experiences with anxiety and how we can de-stigmatise men's mental health.

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How to deal with a year of accumulated burnout from working at home

After a year of working from home, how can we combat the mental exhaustion of working in a pandemic?

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Only good guys win medals

How our unconscious expectations influence the behaviour of others.

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From fear to flow: how a flow state can help you get through lockdown

Research shows that flow-inducing activities can boost mental well-being in uncertain times.

A case for ambivalence: how can we escape our echo chambers?

In a world of polarised opinions and fake news, can we trust our own beliefs?

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How can we use memory to become more resilient?

We might be inclined to forget 2020 and our summer break entirely. But there is value even in memories of stressful events.

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How can we rise above the blame game?

How can understanding the psychology of blame help us get to the root of complex issues?

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What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?

It’s easy to assume that we are in control of our thoughts. But what if the contents of our consciousness are generated by non-conscious systems?

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The pursuit of meaning; not happiness

In order to make sense of the challenges around us, are we better off reframing our search for pleasure or happiness, to one of meaning?

Trust when we are all remote – how to build psychological safety

How do we cultivate psychologically safe work environments, even when we are working from home?

Alone together: the psychology of touch in a socially distanced world

Can any amount of virtual book groups or yoga sessions or WhatsApp group chats fill the space of a handshake, a hug, a holding of the hand?

COVID-19: The Psychology of Panic and the Philosophy of Care

To feel sane in times of crisis, we must reconnect with each other, experiencing ourselves as belonging to something bigger, recognising that in our actions, we are responsible for others beyond ourselves.

Spontaneous introspection

Over the past few weeks and into the next few months it feels as though many people are going to go on this journey. Spontaneous, or at least triggered, introspection.

Feelings: what’s the point of rational thought if emotions always take over?

Even the most emotional person uses rational thought when deciding, and even the most rational person is affected by emotions when making decisions.

The stories we tell ourselves

Which stories dictate our lives and how can we change them?

The Value of One: What Can We Learn from Case Studies?

Sometimes it takes multitudes to reveal scientific truth. But is this always necessary?

How behavioural science could help us reach zero emissions

How can we find out what it would take to motivate people to take practical steps to reduce emissions?

In the zone: the psychology of optimum performance

What can the psychology of 'flow' teach us about how we can work better?

Escaping the self: the transcendental experience of awe

Can experiencing awe make us more altruistic?

Is there a limit to human compassion?

Compassion Fatigue There are 320,000 homeless people in the UK. How can we get people to care? The harsh reality is that we can’t, not…

How Can We Help People Authentically Connect?

How can we authentically connect with ideas, businesses, brands and most importantly: each other? Speaking at the 2019 Social Media in Pharma event, Adam, co-founder…

How can we fight against language pollution?

How can we wade through the buzzwords of environmental crisis and distinguish the companies and corporations committed to real change? ‘When fabulousness meets sustainability’ In…

For a sustainable future, we need to reconnect with what we’re eating – and each other

Eating alone, once considered an oddity, has become commonplace for many across the Western world.

Exploding the myth of the scientific vs artistic mind

  It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on…

A TEDtalk by Navi Radio on creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

Navi Radjou on realising our potential

Navi Radjou discusses how creative problem-solving can address some of today's biggest global issues.

Potential Project founder Rasmus Hougaard on developing people-centric leaders

Rasmus Hougaard, founder and managing director of Potential Project, discusses the desire to do good in business and the place for compassionate leadership.

Data literacy for human understanding

Anna Rosling is the co-author of Factfulness and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, a digital hub dedicated to addressing misconceptions about global development by taking…

Want to be happier? Try getting to know yourself

The unexamined life is not worth living, said the Greek philosopher Socrates. He was reflecting on the expression “Know Thyself” – an aphorism inscribed on the temple…

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason, writes Elizabeth Kolbert staff writer at The New Yorker.

Pure altruism: why we help strangers

Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University on why empathy is the reason why we help one another.

How companies manipulate our desire for freedom

Simon McCarthy-Jones delves into the the nooks and crannies of free will and corporate messaging.

Is it rational to trust your gut feelings?

Neuroscientist Valerie van Mulukom on the role our gut instinct plays when making decisions.

Seeing differently for ingenuity

Creative thinking is one of the qualities attributed to entrepreneurs and inventors.

A Mind of its Own: How Reliable is Your Memory?

When recalling the past, we rarely doubt the first memories which jump to mind. But are they reliable? Experts explain how they change more than we realise.

Is Altruism Hardwired into the Brain?

Is altruism “hard wired” into the human brain? Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have used science to try and find out.

Donna Edgell on Human Values at Work

Donna Edgell, Internal Communications & Engagement Manager at Travis Perkins, discusses the benefits of communicating corporate strategy to employees.

Your ‘Eureka’ moment explained

Scientists claim to have discovered a key part of the process by which people come to an ‘aha’ or ‘eureka’ moment when trying to work something out.

Two Ways of Improving Decision Making

Jess Whittlestone, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence shares her view on high stakes decision making. People sometimes talk about…

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Monzo for the unbanked

Opening a bank account is a difficult thing to do. Challenger Monzo has launched a new initiative to improve access to financial services for everyone.

Perspectives

Rory Sutherland on thinking fast and slow

In this School of Life sermon, Sutherland discusses the main tenets of the binary cognitive processing system of behavioural economics.

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Trust Gone Mad

More and more purpose-driven companies coming to the fore purporting a better world for everyone. However, when some brands deliver on their brand promise, they…

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Communicating Purpose

We caught up with Kathryn Kneller, an Internal Communications consultant whose career spans 15 years at blue chip companies in sectors ranging from tech, financial…

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Creativity and the fourth revolution

Creativity is one of the top three skills needed for the future of work, the ability to think creatively will drive success in the fourth revolution.

Meaning at work: the art of give and take

Purpose-driven companies outperform the rest of the market by a huge 42%. Smart businesses know that higher purpose and motivation are linked.

Simon Sinek and The Golden Circle

Inspired organisations start with Simon Sinek's golden circle. They define their purpose so that they can unlock great leadership.

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