psychology

806, 2011

Televised Begging: The Fairy Jobmother

By |June 8th, 2011|Opinion|4 Comments

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

A new ultra-low in television’s use of the jobless as entertainment, by Channel 4

Last night, Channel 4 screened the first episode in the second series of The Fairy Jobmother. The premise is a simple and tired one – Hayley Taylor is a work “guru” who takes on a […]

605, 2011

Peculiar sentence for nurse found guilty of encouraging serial suicides online reflects our own confusion

By |May 6th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

A strange sentence for an “internet predator” guilty of encouraging suicide shows the justice system is uncertain about many aspects of online activity.

A former nurse from Minnesota, William Melchert-Dinkel (aged 48) was recently found guilty of aiding and encouraging the suicide of two individuals after meeting them in […]

604, 2011

Empowering or marginalising mental illness?

By |April 6th, 2011|Opinion|2 Comments

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

A dating website (NoLongerLonely.com) is dedicated solely for users with experiences of mental health problems.

While NoLongerLonely.com is no doubt sincere in offering a service to a community that is well aware of the problems and difficulties of functioning and living with mental illness, there is no harm in […]

2503, 2011

Coming face to face with my own personal White Whale

By |March 25th, 2011|Opinion|2 Comments

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

For almost three years I’ve been obsessed with the Golden Gate Bridge and it’s gruesome record of being the number one location in the world for suicides. Last week a teenager survived the fall – even though he only jumped from the bridge for a dare. Today I […]

2802, 2011

Stranded in the desert? Keep 100 dollars in your shoe!

By |February 28th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

Recent news about the plight of British oil workers stranded in the Libyan desert reminded me of my own time stuck in a desert-based oil field with nowhere to go, and how deserts can be the strangest places on earth to work.

The news this week reported there were […]

802, 2011

National Sickness Absence Day

By |February 8th, 2011|Opinion|Comments Off

By Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology.

Our attitudes to taking sickness absence belie how hard the UK really works.

For the last few years, those in the Human Resources field have labelled the first Monday in February as “national sickie day”. Contrary to some media reports, this is not an official day of sickness recognition, […]

1312, 2010

X-Factor must help fame-hungry contestants avoid meltdown

By |December 13th, 2010|Opinion|Comments Off

Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, comments on the challenges facing the contestants as they are thrown back into the real world and offers advice for a ‘healthy’ life post-X-Factor:

“As the latest series of X-Factor shuffles off the screens and onto the charts with the predictable Christmas releases, viewers and […]

2411, 2010

The trouble with “Reality TV”

By |November 24th, 2010|Opinion|1 Comment

By Professor Craig Jackson, Head of the Psychology Division and is Professor of Occupational Health Psychology at Birmingham City University

There is little doubt that reality TV shows that rely on viewers voting in and selecting who does or doesn’t succeed remain as popular as ever. Despite a slight increase in the viewing public’s cynicism over […]