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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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Olympian Jack Green On Mental Health Care

Sprint athlete, Jack Green is representing Team GB in Rio and earlier last week qualified to compete in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles.  Speaking with the BBC shortly after qualifying, Green commented on the mental and physical difficulties of the sport and stated he had made “steps forward” in relation to improving his mental health.  Green previously claimed he had been ‘hard on himself’ with regards to his ranking and believes this contributed to his struggle with depression.  Sometime after the last Olympics, Green made the decision to take […]...

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