Sandi Mann

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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?

(95) 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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Why '100% Attendance Awards' at School Don't Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 8:16 AM

100% Attendance Awards are growing in popularity with most UK primary and secondary schools now using them to encourage better attendance and less truanting by pupils. Some schools are spending upwards of 25K a year on rewards such as IPods, bicycles and Kindles, and are convinced that the spike in...

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Proud to Be a Pushy Parent

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I don't mean to show off or anything. I mean, I'm not the sort of parent who is forever boasting about her offspring's achievements on Facebook - you know, 'well done to my little Jamie for getting a distinction in his piano exam!'. But, I'm sure you will all agree...

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How What I Caught My Teen Doing Changed My Life (And How It Could Change Yours Too)

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Actually, my daughter is not technically a teenager. At 11 and a half, she is classed as a 'tween'; that awkward, in between stage that all would-be teens must endure, when they oscillate (quite violently sometimes) between the sweet little child they were and the attitudinal angst-fest that they will...

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Paying It Forward: The Psychology of Random Good Deeds

(23) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 6:00 PM

My Facebook pal, Debbie, in America was at a drive-thru Starbucks the other day. Nothing unusual in that, but this time, when she put her order in, she was informed that the car in front of her had paid her bill. The car in front had 'paid it forward' -...

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Why Do We Get So Excited About Snow?

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:54 AM

Here in Manchester and other parts of the UK, many of us have been in a state of deep disappointment for over a week now. Whilst most of the UK has been buried in inches of the white stuff, our little pocket protected by the Pennines, has escaped most of...

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Why Are We All So Angry These Days?

(183) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Road rage, car rage, plane rage... there seems to be a rage for everything these days! Rarely a week goes by without some report in the media about someone who has 'lost it' as the red mist descended. There are angry people in supermarkets (trolley rage), on buses, in cinemas,...

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Does Boredom Bring Out Our Creative Flair?

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Returning to work in the New Year can seem very boring compared to the excitement of Christmas. Traditionally, workplace boredom has been associated with negative outcomes, like poor performance, more errors and de-motivated staff.

Yet boredom, like most emotions which I study, has a purpose and despite widely held views...

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