Routes to Nudging: some reading

The obvious text to mention here is: Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness. by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Publisher: Yale University Press ISBN: 9780300122237: Number of pages: 304 The notion of how to 'nudge' was brought to the fore by this 2008 book. The primary concern I have with their … Continue reading Routes to Nudging: some reading

Power, Threat and Meaning

A group of clinical psychologists have recently (2017/18) started a debate about the increasingly frail system of mental health assessment - processes used to label emotional and psychological 'problems'. This  rather lengthy commentary can be found via: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/introducing-power-threat-meaning-framework I mention this work as I am suggesting they question, rather helpfully, the tendency to label behaviour … Continue reading Power, Threat and Meaning

The Defence Mechanisms

I have been prompted to think about the psychological 'defence mechanisms'.  In general, these come out of Freudian tradition of psychological therapies. A detailed account of some of these mechanisms can be found in several places but have a look on: https://www.psychologistworld.com/freud/defence-mechanisms-list Indeed, I have a book Defense Mechanisms in the Counseling Process by Arthur … Continue reading The Defence Mechanisms