boys and girls at university

There was more about boys, girls and university in the Sunday Times (25th February). The article says that many boys are choosing not to go to university, and intend to opt for a more learning on the job role, such as working as a mechanic. These are not just boys with few academic qualifications, and the … Continued

Exams: why girls outperform boys, the historical perspective

I’m a regular reader of the New Statesman and I enjoy reading the column by Kira Cochrane, Womens editor of the Guardian. In the 12 February edition she wrote about the discussion on how girls are doing better in exams than boys. One view is that, due to continuous assessment, girls perform better. Kiras’s view … Continued

You don't need a tidy desk!

I read a review of a book “A perfect mess – the hidden benefits of disorder” by Eric Abrahamson. His research has found that people who keep a very neat desk spend on average 36% more time looking for things at work than people who said they keep a fairly messy desk.  I think he … Continued

University choices

  I read in the paper that students applying for university are seeking out courses with the best employment prospects.  This seems sensible, as the cost of going to university increases it is important to have value for money and to believe that it is going to benefit you.   The research has put an increase of … Continued

Treat people well

As a psychologist I am very observant to peoples’ behaviour and so often I notice situations getting out of hand when a different approach would have had a more favourable result. Whilst travelling to London by train last night, the train manager got into a bit of a confrontation with a passenger who was sat … Continued

A need for personal development at work?

 In the Times on Wednesday I read that reforms aimed at preventing another Harold Shipman will see an end to self regulation for doctors and will also include MOTs to see if the doctors are fit to practice. As a psychologist I need to complete CPD (Continual Professional Development) each year to ensure I maintain … Continued

Ramblings, including how to react to disappointments

 I finally got around to watching the Al Gore programme – An Inconvenient Truth.  This is a very powerful programme that really makes the case for caring over the environment. He referred to a Mark Twain quote: “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know, it’s what we know for sure that … Continued

When your career is killing you

This week I read in the newspaper about the death of Matthew Courtney, a 27 year old London based lawyer. He fell to his death at the Tate Modern, and the assumption is that he jumped. Matthew was an associate with a City law firm. The working life of a new associate is long hours, … Continued

MBTI – useful article from an expert

Continuing to go through my backlog of Google alerts, I’ve found this interesting article. Call it a Freudian slip. Or possibly Pavlov’s theory. Fold one arm over the other and see which arm is on top. Now, reverse your arms and put the other one on top. Feel awkward? This may seem like a silly … Continued

MBTI discussions on the web

For months I have been collecting Google alerts on a number of terms, including this one. One day I intended to review them and savour the knowledge and information. Well, I’ve just spent 30 minutes reviewing them and most of it is of little value. Because the MBTI is availalbe in a number of free … Continued