The Same Old Narrative on “Sex Offenders”

As somebody who has spent their career so far examining public responses to sexual crime and the people who commit them, I was encouraged by the title of Stacey Dooley’s most recent documentary – “Second Chance Sex Offenders”. I’ve previously conducted research on how presenting first-person narrative accounts of people with sexual interests in children… Read More »

Sun (In)Justice Strikes Again

A recent article in The Sun has once again raised concerns about the ways in which the newspaper discusses issues relating to sexual crime. The piece concerns non-offending paedophiles on Twitter, who openly self-identify as being sexually interested in children, and their alleged activities. While the type of presentation in the article is objectively harmful… Read More »

“Post-Truth” (Book Review 2017)

As I waited for a flight ahead of my holiday this year, I browsed the books in an airport store to find something to keep me occupied. One title automatically grabbed my attention – “Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World”. The book promised to explore the cultural, economic, and (most importantly from my perspective) psychological… Read More »

Forbidden Knowledge in British Universities

News has broken in the past couple of days about a case at Bath Spa University here in the UK, who have allegedly placed a block on a masters student conducting research into so-called detransitioning. This is the process by which people who identify as transgender, in effect, desire to revert back to their assigned… Read More »

Ideological Disgust and Authoritarianism

(This article represents an initial laying-out of some thoughts I’m having about an emerging research interest. If you have comments or suggestions to make about this line of work, or if you are a psychologist interested in collaborating on this type of project, please do get in touch).   We are living in times of… Read More »

“Suicide in Prisons” (Book Review 2017)

We are all intrigued by crime. Yet how we view prisoners from a human rights perspective, and the conditions in which they are housed, are both important questions that receive little measured popular attention. Towl and Crighton’s Suicide in Prisons is a timely book that draws attention to these issues in relation to one of… Read More »

“Is Love Racist?” (TV Review 2017)

Identity politics is all around us. News bulletins, social media feeds, and broader social discussions are filled with claims and counter-claims of racism, sexism, or some other emerging forms of bigotry. With this in mind, I was interested in Channel 4’s documentary “Is Love Racist? The Dating Game”. The documentary started innocuously enough, with a… Read More »

ISPP 2017 – My Thoughts on Day 1

I’m currently in Edinburgh for the conference of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP 2017) – the annual convention where the great and the good of political psychological research gather to share their latest research findings. While I’m waiting for my talk on Sunday morning (for delegates – 8:30am in the Playfair Reception Room), I… Read More »

The Dogmatic Side of “Classical Liberalism”

This past Tuesday saw what was supposed to be an interview of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson take place on the breakfast TV show, Good Morning Britain (GMB). During the segment, host Piers Morgan and Tommy Robinson between them demonstrated everything that is wrong with how we deal with the problem of Islamist extremism. However, arguably… Read More »

Evidence for Collective Munchausen Syndrome?

There was a paper recently published in the journal Psychological Science, which I think scientifically demonstrates an issue that we’re currently witnessing in society in terms of a widespread complex of victimhood.