Watch experiment

A watch is a fairly common item, and most people wear one. That’s what makes this experiment so easy to do – especially with people who aren’t expecting it.

The uncanny feeling of deja vu

Two thirds of us will experience déjà vu (from the French for “already seen”) at some point in our lives, the feeling that you have seen something or been somewhere before, even when you know that was impossible.

Resit stress – coping with exams

Nicola* was one of my more challenging cases – although she had a very clear idea of what she wanted to be able to do she also was also very doubtful about whether I, or hypnotherapy, could help her.  She had struggled with exam stress the previous year and now it was time to resit them, but her revision was going badly and she was more worried now than she had been at the same point last year.

Why we think we’re right – confirmation bias

Most people like to think of themselves as being fairly reasonable, with their opinions and ideas the result of thought, and so open to being challenged.  Unfortunately we are all subject to “confirmation bias”, whereby we more readily look for, accept, and remember facts and opinions that confirm what we already believe.

Why you aren’t quite so special – The Forer effect

Back in 1948 the psychologist Bertram Forer asked his students to take a personality test.  He then gave each one a description of their personality type and asked them to score it from 1 to 5 for accuracy.  Why not try to score the following evaluation against your own personality?

Parkinson’s Law and time management

When it comes to time management most of us are aware of Parkinson’s Law, the idea that work expands to fill the time available.  What many of us aren’t aware of is Parkinson’s other law, the Law of Triviality, which states that “organisations give disproportionate weight to trivial issues”…

Information overload

People today process on average 100,000 words every day in their leisure time – no wonder that “information overload” is an increasingly heard phrase.