Category Archives: Psychology

A small rant about project ‘outcomes’

I’ve just completed a project proposal which required a section entitled ‘Outcomes’ ( “The way a thing turns out” according to the OED). Grant Applications often require this too along with a description of  “Outputs” (“The amount of something produced … Continue reading

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What’s £10 worth?

My artist colleagues and I are on Day 5 of our short residency in Newport Market – learning surprising things every week about exchange and value and the weird and distorting nature of money. The last 2 visits we’ve been … Continue reading

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Market Value?

The Larks & Ravens (of which I am one) are currently “artists in residence” for one day a week in the old Victorian Market in Newport. The stunning market building was once a thriving attraction with an abundance of stalls, … Continue reading

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A Psychologist journeying with Artists

For the past few years, I have been collaborating with two socially engaged, visual artists, Pip Woolf and Kirsty Claxton. We call ourselves The Larks and Ravens for reasons that I can’t remember but probably don’t matter!   As a … Continue reading

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Enjoyable, meaningful lives without economic growth or jobs?

As a behavioural psychologist, I am challenged by Tim Jackson’s book “Prosperity without Growth“. Living on a finite planet, how do we find ways to flourish in a world of less economic growth and less material consumption? At the same … Continue reading

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Identity and Narrative

“There is no complete life. There are only fragments. We are born to have nothing, to have it pour through our hands.“ For anyone who puzzles about how random or intentional our behaviour really is or the power of self … Continue reading

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Open eyed or open minded?

Are you open to new experiences and interpretations? Able to see both sides of an argument or imagine a different way the world could be? Do you quickly spot the humour of ambiguous situations? At one time in my (increasingly) … Continue reading

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