Sandi Mann

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The Death of Community?

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 5:22 AM

When I was a youngster, being sent next door to borrow anything from a cup of sugar to a spare battery was a regular occurrence. When we went on holiday, we left our keys with the neighbours who would pop in to water the plants and clear our post. We...

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When a Classmate Dies

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM

2 December 2015 was the day that my fourteen-year-old daughter tells me her childhood ended. She became an adult when her classmate died, and she and her peer group, were thrust suddenly and unwillingly, into a world that teenagers should never normally inhabit. A world of funerals, of grief and...

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Happy Kindness Day!

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Today is a great day to be kind. It is World Kindness Day which is a global initiative to spread compassion and make the world a better place. And, in a society increasingly characterised by greed, selfishness and well, unkindness, we need a World Kindness Day to try to bring...

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How About Reverse Trick or Treating This Year?

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 7:03 AM

The odious tradition of trick or treating, one of America's worse exports (and there have been a few) is arguably, one of the most visible manifestations of all that is wrong with today's society. Let's face it, trick or treating is a legalised extortion racket that we are encouraging our...

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Depressed? Pay It Forward!

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 4:48 AM

If you are depressed or feeling down, there is a surprisingly simple remedy - 'paying it forward'. This is a kindness initiative that is sweeping the globe and involves performing random acts of kindness for other people without the expectation that they pay it back - instead they are asked...

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Why Life Being Good Can Be Such a Worry

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 3:25 PM

There was a sad story in the media recently about a survivor of 9/11, Marcy Borders, who died of cancer. What was particularly poignant was how, following the tragedy at the WTC in 2001 that she escaped from (captured in an iconic photo), she had been unable to cope and...

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The Psychology of 'Over-Sharing'

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 5:32 AM

After THAT 'we don't care' letter went viral, proud parents everywhere will be cringing right now with previously unexperienced trepidation that the constant posts of their children's every move might not be appreciated by their friends quite as much as they had fondly imagined. But it is not just parents...

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It's Their Homework, Not Yours!

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 7:53 AM

It was the school rocket project that really did it for me. My ten year old trotted to school smugly clutching the rather wonky fruits of her labour over the weekend; a rocket made Blue Peter style from toilet rolls, plenty of double-sided sticky tape and liberal coatings of lurid...

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The Psychology of Terrorist Martyrdom

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:53 AM

As the UK faces what Theresa May has called its biggest terrorism threat in its history, understanding and recognising who might become a terrorist martyr is of crucial significance. Martyrdom, or the ultimate sacrifice, seems to be a bizarre concept that goes against all psychology theory, yet we are facing...

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Is It Time to Abandon UK Spelling?

(89) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Those who know me will consider me to be a stickler for proper spelling and grammar (a stance that I expect doesn't make me popular amongst my students). As writer of various columns and author of several psychology books, expressing myself well in written form in of utmost importance to...

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How Ghost-Writers Are Killing University Degrees

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:24 AM

I am feeling very much in demand these days. In fact, I am positively inundated with requests for my services. In these difficult economic times, when other people are desperately hunting for work, the work is hunting me. What skills do I have that are in such demand? I am...

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The Benefits of Bedtime Prayers (Even for Non-Believers)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:44 AM

Teddy bear, teddy bear go upstairs,

Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers

Such a sweet nursery rhyme, reminiscent of more innocent times when everyone said their prayers before bed (even teddy bears). But how many parents these days sit down (or even kneel) with their freshly bathed and newly...

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Five Tips to Haggle a Discount

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:11 AM

Did you know that it is perfectly legal to challenge the price of ANY product in ANY shop in the UK and haggle your way to a better deal? Savvy shoppers are responding to the current economic pressures by haggling themselves significant discounts. Whilst traditionally, we Brits have always been...

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Ten Things Students Should Never Do

(2) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:00 PM

A colleague of mine once received an email from a student. Noticing that the student in question should have been in a lecture at the time, she emailed to ask why he was not in the lecture theatre. He replied; 'I am'.

After fifteen years as a University Lecturer,...

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Is My Child Normal?

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Many parents, at some point, ask themselves this question. In fact, as a psychologist, author of parenting books and columnist for Mums and Dads Magazine, I am often approached by anxious parents who ask me 'is my child normal?' My first, and probably rather flippant response, is usually, 'goodness, I...

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Extreme Halloween: Has It All Gone Too Far?

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 7:00 PM

"I was told to lie down. A man strapped me down and placed a cushion over my face... he then climbed on top of me and held the cushion down so I was really struggling to breathe... I was then chased out of the room with a man holding a...

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Five Ways to Spot a Liar

(51) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Many people think they can spot a liar but research shows that most of us are only as good as chance when it comes to detecting whoppers. In my book Would I Lie To You, co-written by Dr Paul Seager, we explore the common mistakes ordinary folk make when it...

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Teaching Burquared Students

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 3:09 AM

As a white University Lecturer, I must admit that when Burquared students first started appearing in the lecture theatre, I was alarmed. How, I wondered, could I teach students whose faces were not visible? I train businesses in communication skills, for goodness sake - and one of the key learning...

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Take a Chill Pill: Are Children's Games Creating A Nation Of Pill-Poppers?

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2013 | 4:23 PM

Driving along with my 11 year old, I listened with half an ear as she chatted animatedly about her new virtual pet App, Egg Babies.

'Look', she exclaimed, 'I can rock it to sleep! And choose clothes for it! Isn't it cute, mummy?'

Mmm, I agreed, my mind...

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Are ADHD Rates Set to Soar?

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:28 AM

The media is constantly reporting ever-increasing rates of diagnosis of ADHD, but new guidelines could mean that these rates are set to soar even more. The American Psychiatric Association recently published DSM-V, the first major revision to the diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders since 1994. This is the 'bible' used...

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