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Why You Should Watch Love Island – Bravado And Bikinis

Don’t Be Put Off by First Impressions The new series of Love Island started last night and with it some quite strong opinions based on first impressions of the Islanders. People can be quick to judge and judge harshly those that put themselves out there. These young people with their bravado and bikinis, who are still working out who they are and how they want to be, can become easy targets for the anger and frustration that some of us hold on to for other things in our lives. I […]...

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Why Do We Have Halloween?

by Dr Holly Kahya - 31st October, 2016
Why Do We Have Halloween?

Why do we have Halloween? It’s time to carve and light the pumpkins, don the fangs and liberally drizzle the fake blood!  Halloween is the time to revel in the darkness and delight in savage, gruesome and thrilling.  Of course, this is particularly exciting for many of us precisely because we feel under a certain amount of social pressure from society to hide the less palatable sides of ourselves – our anger, envy, jealousy, greed; our raw ‘animal’ sides.  But for a long time, psychology has recognised that not only […]...

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The X Factor Six Chair Challenge

In more recent series of the X Factor a new challenge has been introduced that sees contestants battle it out for a chance to sit in one of six chairs on stage, thus winning a place to the next phase of the competition.  What happens when all six seats are taken?  In short, seemingly lucky contestants are booted off when someone ‘better’ comes along.  Similar to a thumbs down the audience, gladiator-style, cry out who they want to get rid of in favour of the next best act.  The challenge […]...

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How Laura Trott Beats The Odds To Win Gold

  “When you get in that zone…  Everything slows down.  You just have supreme confidence.  When that happens, you really do not try to focus on what’s going on [around you], because you could lose it in a second. . . . You have to really try to stay in the present, not let anything break that rhythm. . . . You get in the zone and just try to stay here.  You don’t think about your surroundings, or what’s going on with the crowd or the team.  You’re kind of […]...

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