How tough was your last interview? Really tough? Did it involve speed-dating, arm wrestling or pop psychology? Andrew Shanahan reports from the wild frontier of recruitment in The Guardian.
Simple activities such as gardening or mending a bicycle can protect mental health and help people lead more fulfilled and productive lives, a panel of scientists has found, writes Mark Henderson in the "Times".
I have always been of the opinion that tests are no substitute for giving someone a chance to show what they can do, writes Hazel Davis in the Guardian. But as business psychologist Stephen Walker, a director of Brentfield Consultancy, explains, "Psychometric testing is based on the principles of being objective, valid and reliable so we can predict people's behaviour."
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survival. "Slow is very important in psychology in general,"says Dr Gail Kinman, a reader in occupational health psychology at the University of Bedfordshire. "It gives you time for recovery from stress. Slowing down means you have time to let your body and mind get back to the baseline
The 32-nation tournament, which kicked off in Germany last week is a winner-takes-all competition where every match is a battle and the delirium of world domination takes a powerful hold on collective psychology, writes Tim Parks in The Wall Street Journal . For one heady month the national team
aunties that we should, "have a good cry, it'll make you feel better." We might feel better after a bawl, but the flow of salty tears can be interpreted by onlookers in a variety of ways, says Dr Gail Kinman, a reader in occupational health psychology at the University of Bedfordshire and an
of psychology at University College London, is less than convinced. During the second world war, research showed that easy-listening tracks boosted productivity among factory workers. But, reasons Furnham, that doesn't mean it's going to help in offices. "If the task is simple, mechanical and
But are there any broad differences between the sexes in the way that we argue? The research by Elaine D. Eaker, published in Psychosomatic Medicine , found that more men than women had a tendency to bottle up their feelings during confrontations with their partners.Tim Smith is a psychology
their level of confidence and changes their psychology, so they actually do become luckier - because they're not afraid to seize opportunities that may have once appeared too risky. So go on, be a lucky devil! Act as if you are lucky and you probably will be. Act as if you are unlucky and you almost
month's Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology goes even further, suggesting that seemingly covetable benefits, such as annual bonuses, are actually counterproductive. "Although these benefits may appear to be great motivators, paradoxically they are not," says Vansteenkiste
. Eason stresses that this field isn't for everyone. Her list of useful attributes includes an understanding of psychology, empathy and the ability to help clients develop their unconscious mind. But rewarding as your career might be, you won't be earning pots of cash. While there are some hugely
There are definitely times when laughter is no laughing matter. And while guffawing at funerals might be a fairly rare occurrence, nearly everyone has had an occasion where they have succumbed to an ill-timed fit of the giggles at work. Professor Richard Wiseman is a specialist in the psychology