Counselling, Forensic Psychology, Psychology

Free course: Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings

The new free OU Psychology OpenLearn course, Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings, introduces the key ideas and practices of mindfulness, describes how it is helping counselling clients and prisoners, and also looks at some of the criticisms mindfulness has received in recent years. Our Meg-John Barker and Troy Cooper put together this course… Continue reading Free course: Mindfulness in mental health and prison settings

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Psychology, Social Psychology

New Book: Mediated Intimacy – Sex Advice in Media Culture

Last month Meg-John Barker launched a new academic book with Prof Rosalind Gill and Dr Laura Harvey. The book, Mediated Intimacy, is a study of sex advice across all kinds of media including blogs, zines, sex manuals, reality TV, apps, and problem pages. Get your copy of the book here. For more information, here is the… Continue reading New Book: Mediated Intimacy – Sex Advice in Media Culture

Counselling, Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Social Psychology

New book launched: The psychology of sex

Our Meg-John Barker has just published a new book. The Psychology of Sex is part of the first wave of Routledge's exciting new Psychology of Everything series. In fact MJ's book was the first one of the series that was written, setting the tone for many of the rest which cover topics as diverse as… Continue reading New book launched: The psychology of sex

Psychology, Social Psychology

Happy Halloween: Why we love horror

Meg-John Barker is in the US at the moment so they took some time out during this Halloween period to make this video about why we seem to be so drawn to horror movies and fiction. The recent film It is the top-grossing horror movie of all time and makes some intriguing links between real-life… Continue reading Happy Halloween: Why we love horror

Counselling, Psychology, Social Psychology

Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender

Meg-John Barker writes... In a previous blog for OU CCIG I outlined my whole project of creating psychosocially informed self-help, and the various methods involved: reviewing existing theory and research; analysing existing self-help; conducting collaborative research with gender-, sexual-, and relationship-diverse (GSRD) communities; autoethnographic reflection; and creative dissemination. This time I want to reflect on one particular… Continue reading Developing psychosocially informed self-help on gender