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Why Do Football Fans Riot? – A Psychologists’ View

The UEFA Euro 2016 is just a few days old, yet violence, clashes between fans and riots have been plentiful in the host city of Marseille, France. On Saturday after England drew with Russia, fans broke over barricades in place to separate them from one another. A brawl ensued with many injured taken to hospital, with one Briton said to be in critical condition. The media are branding the fans in Marseille as ‘hooligans’ and the ‘real terrorists’. Football is widely acknowledged as the world’s most popular single sport and […]...

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Psychology Within Politics – The EU Referendum

Stronger Together & Stronger Apart On 23rd June Britain will be voting to remain or leave the European Union.  At present, polls demonstrate a divide with those wanting to stay ‘in’ the EU slightly trumping those who want ‘out’.  Below are some leading arguments from both camps, interpreted using psychological research. Remain Those that want to remain in the EU claim ‘we are stronger as part of the world’s largest market’.  These statements can develop a strong group identification within the British public in relation to the EU.  It is […]...

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Why Is Sheridan Smith Taking a Break From The West End? (and Yes It’s Okay)

Sheridan Smith, the popular BAFTA winning actress who found herself in the spotlight after starring in such cult British TV programmes like Gavin & Stacey and a Pint of Lager and a Packet of Crisps has found herself in the midst of a twitter frenzy. The actresses’ father was recently diagnosed with cancer and whilst Sheridan was due to be performing in the West end version of Barbara Streisand’s epic Funny Girl, Sheridan has taken leave from the show for up to 4 weeks. Sheridan has also been accused by […]...

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Why Did Kylo Ren Turn To The Dark Side?

Ben Solo, the only son of Hans Solo and Princess Leia was lured to the Dark Side by Supreme Leader Snoke, but why? Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo’s Dark Side alter ego) like his grandfather Darth Vader is angry, the forces of the Dark Side are able to take advantage of this and manipulate him into turning away from the Light. There are no obvious present day triggers for Kylo Ren’s anger, when this happens it usually means what we are feeling is related to something that has happened in […]...

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