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As I understand it, Psychologies is an English version of a French magazine which has been running for sometime. As far as I can tell it's aimed at the late 20's-40's market. I say this because it doesn't go for the whole 'how to get your boyfriend to love you' thing which is often aimed at the younger teens to 20's market and I can't see that there is enough on relevant issues to be aimed at the upper end of the market. (There is often quite a lot of information on children which might not be so relevant for the 50's age group).
It's priced at £3.30 (although a subscription obviously makes this cheaper) and is available in the normal format or the smaller handbag sized version. This month's magazine came with a free 'Life guide' which is basically a little book divided into advice for different sections of your life such as 'Unplug your television for a week. Under no circumstances are you allowed to turn it back on. See how much free time you have in your evenings without it' from the 'Wake your mind up section'. I thought this was a nice addition to the magazine.
I like Psychologies because I think it attempts to take a healthier angle than other magazines. By this I mean that I feel it's less focused on 'the cult of of celebrity', it recognises that people have issues and it seems to make a real attempt to use articles that would encourage well being without being patronising. That said I am sometimes a little disappointed by its choice of adverts. On the latest copy there's an advert for Dior with a very stretched and botoxed (almost to the point of being unrecognisable) looking Sharon Stone. Sharon Stone is 51 in real life and I feel that by using this kind of advert Psychologies is giving somewhat mixed messages. I assume that the need for advertising revenue overrides their moral standpoint in this instance...
Other things I like about it is that it tends to assume a reasonable degree of intelligence from its readers (I don't always get that impression from other magazines) which enables it to look into more depth issues such as why we behave the way we do. Being interested in human behaviour I find this isn't really addressed in other magazines aimed at women. There is also less focus (if you don't read the adverts!) on looking perfect and being thin which I think is healthier way to think.
I generally don't read this magazine in one sitting (I normally would with other magazines) as I think it requires more brainpower to digest on my part. This can mean that it isn't good if you've got a short attention span (like me), you might only read a couple of articles at once. Apart from this (and the advert situation which I've already covered) this would be my magazine of choice (assuming I'm not looking for something fluffy). If you are looking for something a bit more highbrow and have an interest in psychology I think you would find this an interesting read.
I have a monthly subscription of Psychologies and really enjoy reading each magazine. I find general women's magazines full of adverts and information on celebrities, fashion and make-up which is not really me. Until Psychologies started there were no magazines that I enjoyed reading.
It costs £3.30 and can be purchased at most newsagents and supermarkets in the normal large format or the smaller format which is great for carrying around on the train etc.
Regular features include letters from readers, questions, review of books (both fiction & non fiction), review of films and music and a dosier of an area of your life that you can improve. An example of the June 2009 articles include "What makes us fall in love?", "Preparing for Fatherhood", "How to survive an open plan office", "Why do we get more done when we're busy?", "How do you trust" and "I'm learning to be alone for the first time" and many others.
I always read it cover to cover and I find the articles fascinating and interesting to read. They vary from month to month and are not too heavy as some may expect. There are not many adverts in the magazine either.
Psychologies has been given to me via a gift subscription. I had picked up a couple of issues previously to this, drawn to having something slightly deeper than most of the glossy tat that's around in newsagents! In searching for a magazine that didn't centre around which celebritities are skinny and which ones are permo-drunk, or ones that make you feel the need to raid the shops for SJP's wedge, Psychologies was a breath of fresh air!
There's still a few celebrity interviews, but the main are normally down to earth, natural-looking women who have possibly been through the kind of struggles 'real' women go through - such as divorce or work stress and so on. The interviews are not all bling and over-excess, but are honest and inspiring.
The magazine is generally aimed at more mature women, but has a level for all. The quizzes and articles about being more in touch with your feelings are really quite interesting and can reveal a lot about you, too.
If you rush through life moaning about your job, but never do anything about it, then Psychologies is probably not for you!
I found this magazine a good hybrid between a psychology textbook and a fashion type magazine the likes of Glamour, Cosmopolitan etc.
The magazine brings psychology into a new light, rather than being a lot of neurones or even a patranoising self help book instead the magazine gives good simple advice on issues such as stress, assertiveness, self image etc. It still contains the usual celebrity features, however has them talking about more than just hair and make up. One article I found incredibly useful was one on relaxing using the five senses, although it may sound simple, it gave good ideas on little five minute tips to maintain a sense of calm and peace. I'm not going to say the magazine is life changing and in itself a kind of ephiphany on how we can all become better people, however in a society which is beggining to focus evermore on mental health issues, the magazine gives good insight in simple ways to maintain a good standard of mental health, simply by taking things into consideration which can reduce the everyday stresses.
I found the magazine was a refreshing change and I could read it over and over, taking from it practical ideas on how to improve life, not my wardrobe.
The magazine is released monthly and they often have good deals on if you take out a subscription with them for the year.
*This review is my own work, it is also posted on other sites.*
Psychologies is a monthly magazine concentrating on our personalities, behaviour and the way we behave.
Its available from most good newsagents or via Subscription, for one issue it costs £3.30 and for subscription there are great offers if you go via Quidco or topcashback and you will receive £6 cash as well as a discount on your subscription.
The magazine is interesting but also a bit mundane, it offeers advice on relationships, emotions, how to better oneself and how to deal with the stress and strain of modern life. The writing unfortunately isn't particularly exciting, while it advises ways to be happy or ways to spend less money, these are common sense rather than ground breaking, the advice on so many things is the kind a friend would give, or stuff you would learn from living, it isn't teaching you too many new things, therefore i'm not so sure of its benefits to readers.
To balance this, I do find the occasional article which has been really well researched and will offer something interesting and new of a subject.
Every month there is a celebrity who is interviewed aboout their life and their psyche, they may talk about emotional or relationship issues they have had, uniformly these are fairly dull, the interviewees are celebrities not inspirational people, i'd like to read what makes a real hero like David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins or Sir Ranulph Fiennes tick, unfortunately as this magazine is the UK version of an American one we get celebrity interviews instead.
There are interesting book reviews and special articles from people such as David Baddiel and the recipe ideas are interesting too, but overall there is way too much dead space and advertising and not enough of real interest.
While I don't rate the magazine highly I can appreciate why some people who need help might, although for a magazine dealing with self-help it has way too many pages regarding fashion, the magazine should be aimed at both sexes but having 14 pages of summer fashion just tells me the magazine really doesn't fully understand what it wants to be and its trying to be a hybrid.
I like a magazine to be something I can't put down or something I want to come back to, unfortunately this is a slightly drab affair with dull articles, fairly bland interviews, way too much advertising and a sense that you will never pick the issue up again or generally remember much from it. Its a slightly sanitised, americanised view of how we should understand ourselves and it doesn't really work for me.
If the writing had more passion, was more innovative and better researched and they cut the irrelevance and really brought something new to the table, this could be a really interesting magazine, as with many syndicated magazines, the same subjects seem to come up month after month and it feels tired and lacking in ideas.
Psychologies although undoubtedly aimed at women is a magazine that can be equally enjoyed by either sex. My fiance sometimes reads it before I get the chance and we often talk about the issues raised.
The first time I read it I was attracted to the fact that the articles encourage mental self-exploration, explore complex psychological theories in an easy to understand way without dumbing down and there is not a vast array of adverts interspersed with a few articles. I have often found womens magazines a bit lacking in substance, enjoying some articles but getting cross by the constant focus of striving for physical perfection or ensaring men. I was pleased to find a magazine at last that did not patronise women or treat us as vain, shallow desperadoes. The tag line "Make sense of your world" sums up the ethos of this magazine well.
Psychologies is a monthly magazine that currently retails at £3.30 a copy. You can find it in all the main supermarkets and most newsagents. I have a subscription though as this works out cheaper as a long term thing as it's about £1.65 a copy.
There is a dossier every month in which they focus on a theme. July's focus is "Make a fresh start" and includes articles on returning to work, making decisions and dating after a break up.
Other regular features include:
*a "bulletin" which (as the name suggests) updates the reader on whats going on with regard to websites to check out, festivals, exhibitions, books, studies etc.
*"how to..."a guide to employing various techniques to negotiate, get a payrise or be more charismatic etc.
*"your questions" which is a problem page answered by a clinical psychologist
*"what makes you tick?" - which is a one page Q & A of a celebrity which can be quite telling of the featured celebrity's personality as the simplistic nature of the questions belies how revealing the answers are.
There is also parenting advice, true life accounts that seem less exploitative than in some magazines, film, book and music reviews and a new very funny column by David Baddiel.
There are celebrity interviews too which explore a bit more than what the chosen star is trying to flog us and there have been some great subjects - Maggie Gyllenhall, Jerry Hall, Susan Sarandon, to name a few. The travel reviews are excellent too.
There is also health and beauty advice but I switch off a bit at that point as I have read so many womens magazines since a teenager I feel a bit overloaded with information of that sort!
I would recommend this magazine to anyone who likes to look at the world around them and is interested in how our minds work. My counselling tutor at college often used the articles as hand-outs in lessons too so if you are studying counselling or psychology this may appeal to you and broaden your knowlege of theorists and books. It is by no means an over-complicated read though and it's so full of useful information and ideas you will not feel short changed after buying a copy. It's lovely to finish a magazine feeling inspired and hopeful about the world.
I have spent quite a bit of time in hospital over the past few years and have read just about every womans magazine there is.I would say Psychologies is a little different to most with perhaps more meat on its bones. After reading several copies I decided to subscribe and have kept my subscription past the initial 12 months.
***** The magazine *****
A glossy magazine available in two sizes the standard A4 and a smaller A5 size. The A5 size is designed to 'fit in your handbag'. I personally still get the A4 size as I often read it in bed and find it easier to manage but it is personal preference and you do have a choice.
The magazine is published monthly and like I said I get mine delivered yet it is available at larger newsagents such as W H Smiths.
***** Regular features *****
Editors letter - Like most magazines the editor Maureen Rice introduces the topics and issues covered in the edition.
Letter page - Readers comments on previous editions with a prize for the winning letter of the month, usually cosmetics.
Your questions - An agony aunt type slot. The 'agony aunt' is a clinical psychologist who answers questions mainly focused on relationships. I have Febrary's edition in front of me and the questions in this edition are: How do we tell the children we have to move somewhere smaller because we can no longer afford our mortgage. I want to contact my sons father two years after having a son he didnt want her to have because the child reminds her of him and lastly someone who is gay but has fallen in love with a straight friend. To be honest I often skip these pages they are not really any different to other 'problem pages' although the replies are probably more detailed as less letters are answered.
Thought Leader - This is a column usually written by an author on someone whose work has influenced them. In this issue it is Terry Pratchet writing about GK Chesterton (I'd never heard of him before) This column is usually worth a read and unlike columns I have read in other magazines
What makes you tick? - Basically this is a question and answer session with a celebrity. Not perhaps the same trashy quality you would find in a celeb magazine as the questions tend to be deeper for example 'What's the best advie you have been given?' and 'If you could come back in another life would you come back as a man or a woman?' I read this feature occassionally, it is ok but it really depends on your interests. If you are looking for the latest celebrity gossip you wouldn't find it here but if you want to find out what celebrity's think of other issues outside of the celeb culture then this might interest you.
Fast Therapy - A reader has a one hour session with therapist Benjamin Fry to get to the route of an issue they are having and part (well i'm guessing part' of their conversion is written over a three page spread and followed by a review three months later. I feel kind of mixed about this feature. It makes a good read and perhaps if they are discussing an issue you can relate you to may be able to empathise with the reader. I must admit I often read this part first, I think i am also interested (nosey) as to how other people think and feel about themselves. Another part of me thinks it is a little too neatly packaged. Benjamin usually tries to set some goals for example group therapy, keeping a journal, talking or writing to friends and family. In this edition he suggests a month of kickboxing and flower arranging. Sounds bizarre written out of context but he is trying to get her to release her anger and get in touch with her emotions. Part of me thinks this feature is wrong and equatable with chat shows such as the Jeremy Kyle show or Trisha. What I mean by this is that if you feel that badly about things would you want the world to see them either on TV or published in a magazine or would you seek counselling privately.
Other typical features are aimed at getting you to reconnect with nature and recognise the world as more than what you are worrying about.
A heartfelt story (usually from a woman) on some struggle they have lived through for example leaving children behind to focus on their careers, living with self harm or an illness like M E. You get the idea. This to me is them trying to get you to say wow my life really isn't that bad.
Self portrait is usually another celebrity analysing their life and journey through photos.
Think Tank - The bulletin board (Bite sized news) Music, film and book reviews including recomended reads to the book club. There is online discussion about the featured book on the website and in the magazine. The book clubs reads are fiction but there are also recomendations and reviews on psychology classics.
***** Parts that are not found in other magazine *****
Dossier - Every month they take a different topic on how you can improve your own live. The copy I have in front on me is a life audit. How did I get here, What am i doing here and where do i want to get to kind of thing. The have in the past been dossiers on how to increase confidence, move up the career ladder, be happier. It is generally worth a read but I can't say I have ever followed the steps all the way through and after studying psychology I alwasys take quizz results with a super size dose of salt. I have read some dossiers and thought why havent i done that before or thats a good idea. Yet I get this image in my head of someone a little neurotic following the advice to the letter and ending up depressed because the extreme claims have not materialised losing sight that it is only a magazine and not a magic wand. Perhaps this image is due to a friend of mine. She bought an issue about emotional eating and at first was unrealistically positive that she was going to stop comfort eating and lose stones. Of course her optimism was short lived because emotions are not about answering a few questions and reaching an epiphony.
The five senses - This section is probably one of my favourites. Beauty news, views, tips and reviews. Question and answer section. Travel news and recomended destinations. It deals with food, health, beauty and tips for breaking old habits.
One off articles by psychologists and therapists. These generally make for an interesting read.
Instead of publishing pictures of size zero celebritys and telling us about their latest new diet this magazine is more likely to explain the weight loss traps and pit falls. Providing suggestions of ways to get around them. This I feel is a better, well more ethically correct, way of discussing weight loss. However they still use very thin models in their adverts and exceptionally beautifully made up ones, in a magazine which I believe aims at empowering woman to make them feel comfortable in their own skin is a little contradictory.
***** Overall Impression *****
It wasn't until I began reviewing this that I realised how many parts of it I would happily skip past without reading. Yet there are also interesting articles. The magazine in my opinion is aimed at the slighty older reader than myself. It covers a wide area of topics and often has interesting articles on philosophy, history, anthropology and todays society.
Don't let the name of this magazine put you off. I think the name is harsh and yes although there is a lot of input from psychologists and review of psychology related journals. It is in english, you don't need a degree in psychology to understand it. Saying that though it is much more reading than you average magazine. 162 pages for £3.30 a month or £25 a year is not too bad in my opinion. It has a broad spectrum of articles so there will inevitably be at least one you enjoy.
Check out the website www.psychologies.co.uk and see if it is one for you before parting with your cash.
Psychologies is a woman's monthly magazine, and I have got every issue since the second publication. Psychologies costs £3.30 per issue, or £12 for £12 issues. It is published monthly, so £1 per month seems like a fantastically reasonable offer to me.
Psychologies is a very intelligent read, it investigates how and why people act, rather than purely describing what happens in a situation. I find this a very refreshing change, as there is only so much vacuous gossip and celebrity chit chat I can handle, as essentially I consider this little more than advertising.
Within Psychologies magazine there is a small amount of fashion, recipe ideas, film reviews and book reviews. The book reviews in particular are excellent, and very honest. They often review books which would go unnoticed in more mainstream magazines, and are thought provoking and beautifully written. I find a lot of my reading list either comes from, or is featured on these pages.
Overall I think Psychologies is a refreshing change from the hollow celebrity led magazines that are often out there, and I never fail to feel uplifted and positive when I finish reading, rather than depressed that I don't have enough money to buy the latest swanky handbag or big house. And a magazine that encourages the readers to find happiness within themselves rather than in material possessions can only be a good thing.
Psychologies is a higher form of pop-psychology. To me, it cuts the crap and technicalities, because sometimes life is that simple.
It doesn't cover the more extreme nor severe cases of psychiatry and psychology, primarily because the vast majority of people do not have those problems - by definition that is why they are extreme.
To me, it builds a wider understanding of general emotional and mental health and disorders. It's great for learning terminology so things can be discussed. It helps us to understand ourselves. It can be a giant relief for those who have issues that aren't severe enough to seek professional help. For those stuck in-between (health and disorder) it's a real life-saver.
Have you noticed how you've got to get extreme before either you acknowledge you need help or before others offer to help you? This is for those suffering in silence and teetering on the brink... you don't need to let it get far before you do something about it.
Yes, you probably have to be well-educated to read it with ease and yes, you'd probably have to have money to be within its target audience... but sometimes those are the ones suffering most in silence. I don't see charities falling over themselves to help them... but there are plenty to help those with severe needs. This is a self-help magazine for those who may be considering professional help so they can talk in their language without being brainwashed and dragged blindly down some god-forsaken path. Independent thinking and critical thinking does not stop when you get to the Psychiatrist's door.
Remember, if you're not well-educated why would you pick up this magazine anyway? You'd probably not be in the reading section... So let's talk about attitude. What sort of attitude does it's target audience have? Wanting to help themself.
I have to say a previous reviewer, who felt Psycholgies to be an irritating read, had previously reviewed an item of make-up (L'Oreal mineral powder) and wrote, "I never have enough time in the mornings" that is why she does her make-up on public transport. Whose fault is that? Wake up earlier and be more organised. That is what I'm talking about. People who help themselves get up earlier and do their make-up at home. **Please read Stephen R. Covey's "7 Habits of Highly Effective People".
"Psychologies" magazine is self-help for those who help themselves.
Every knows the adage "know your audience" and Psychologies obviously knows its audience.
You don't need a Psychology degree to understand your doctor, here it is in a palatable form. You may not even need a doctor after this. We are not alone.
If you have a Psychology degree or higher then this is not for you.
However, it's not exactly light reading. I don't read it after a hard day's work.
Further improvements: I can't think of specfics yet... but there is something... hence the 3-stars. But I do subscribe and I think I've over-dosed... it is kinda intensive.
I remember buying the first issue of this when it was first published a couple of years ago. It caught my eye because it was called 'Psychologies' and having loved psychology in school and still very much interested in it, it really appealed to me. I was impressed to see one magazine on the 3 metre long shelf that didn't mention 'fat', 'diet', 'lose 10lbs in 2 weeks' etc.
At first I loved this magazine because it was very focussed on it's target audience who wanted to read about meaningful issues, take a look at things from different perspectives and give them further understanding into their own lives/beliefs/actions. However these days I feel the quality has declined slightly. The articles are generally very well written and laid out. The cover and inside are colourful but easy to read which is good as there's a lot of articles, but there's still enough pictures on the glossy pages to generate some variety. Because of the topics covered, articles can be debatable. You wont always agree with what's said or what's suggested, but that's a hard thing to avoid in this case so I can't really downgrade the magazine for that. Articles do try to reach out to different people, cultures, interests etc which is a good thing, however I would still say the audience is probably more for women. I don't think it was designed this way, but that's how it comes across with the topic areas and chosen celebs on the cover pages.
The cost of the magazine has also changed over time and now costs £3.30. For that price, you rarely get anything free unlike most other popular magazines. I think I've seen one free diary once which was to celebrate the new year. Magazines come out on a monthly basis on the first Wednesday of each month. It's a descent sized A4 magazine with just under 200 pages usually and tends to have fewer advertisements than magazines like Elle. Unfortunately as time has gone on the number of ads has increased, along with misc articles like recipes and fashion updates which I think spoils the magazine.
In addition to the special articles that are listed on the cover (usually around 6), are the regular features such as: Your Letters, Your Questions, What Makes You Tick? (Q&A session with a celebrity). There's a dossier each month which spans a few pages on a chosen subject; this month it's concentrated on friendships. Many other articles help to plump up the magazine so it is packed with plenty to read and keep you busy.
If you're sick and tired of reading about the latest fat/skinny celeb, the latest fashion trend,the latest diets and are fed up of flicking through glossy pages of edited beautiful skinny models, then this is a breath of fresh air. Like I've said though, it does have it faults which have crept in sadly over time. If you want to check out what's in the magazine in a bit more detail it has a good informative website : www.psychologies.co.uk. I believe it's currently on special offer for £2 (possibly £2.30, I can't quite remember sorry). I'd recommend this magazine, or at least a flick through it to see if you might be interested as there can be some very interesting & thought-provoking articles.
I buy Psychologies from time to time, mainly out of curiosity but also as I get fed up with all the celebrities in magazines and just want to read something real. Its current price is £3.30 and its sold at all major news agents and some of the smaller ones. It comes in the A4 paged size and the smaller handbag size of A5 for the same price. There are roughly 175 to 200 pages, and roughly about 20% are adverts.
I bought their first issue, some years ago and was pleased I did at the time. It gave many bite of pop psychology- you know, the mini articles about girls over achieving against boys in certain subjects, nothing really new, but just references and tests that confirm the obvious. (I was young then and things like that interested me).
In the magazine there are the regular spreads.
There is normally and always has been an article on a more hidden celebrity or one that is no longer in such a huge part of the lime light, like Jodie Foster or Caprice or Bree from Desperate House wives or Gillian Anderson (this was a year or so ago before the new X-files movie came out). These are fair, can be interesting if you like the person they interview but its never what I would describe as a roots and all tale, it only says good things, its like an airbrushed picture. You may know more about the subjectee but it doesn't really feel, well...real!
There are some articles by psychologists and writers which are the bits I find most interesting, they seem more like writers describing things as they have experienced them, not as bought from a book, edited and swapped around words on, I like these too as they are only a page long (minus picture) so for my small attention span it works well. Some of the contributes are psychotherapists like Benjamin Fry (the guy of the BBC who does programmes that try to get you to stop spending and look and the reasons why you spend like emotional crutches) and Pamela Connelly (Who did the Channel 4 programmes called Shrink Rap which interviewed celebrities and probed them and brought up interesting stuff like Chris Langham, Rushdie and Sharon Osborne).
Other spreads cover a few pages and are generally something to interact with. Some things you just want to take with a pinch of salt, such as the quizzes on what type of a lover you are and if your compatible with your partner. (Obviously not something that will dictate a 10 year marriage but interesting to know) and some can be of help to you, even if its not life changing, such as an article on hypersensitivity where in the article there are one or two tips to help you get through things if you do feel the article applies to you or someone you know.
There are the irritating comments pages- something I find irritating in all magazines as they are roughly 90% good comments with the other 10% being unsure or giving a very very tiny negative point on the article of a previous week, The 'best' comment wins something, generally something stupidly expensive like a £50 candle or £40 shower gel. But hey, if they do actually really print real letters, its free, and free is good.
There are the small bites of information, good to know- though you never actually learn anything new, you just have scientific fact to back up a few of the stereotypical ideals you already had. In the newspaper called 'The Metro' they call articles like that 'The No S*** Sherlock!'.
There are also reviews on books and films and music that are out for release, the book reviews are for me interesting. The books that are reviewed are not generally the ones you see thrown at your face in huge bill boards in book shops, they are new and they are usually with more of an involving storyline then Jackie Collins! They are also honest, rating books in stars, and giving some information on the storyline.
There is a section on some deluxe looking recipes, to me its a little strange for this type of magazine to offer recipes, they never get written about in the readers columns, its just out of place. I could see their need to be there is it was about dealing with stress and eating foods to combat emotional roller coasters, but they're not. Its a little too random I think.
The magazine is not free from adverts and they are generally articles that give away who the magazine is aimed at. Along with the leaflets cramped into it: from the Newest Oil of Olay cream to the Boden or Pure catalogue... that and the articles written by a yummy mummy with her mini dogs called names like Jasper and Partricia with her 4 boys all sitting nicely in their private school and mummy doesn't know what to do with her pocket money...
OK, so that's a bit mean, I know there's no hierarchy where emotional pain is concerned, but the point I am trying to make is, there is a ''Real Lives'' part where real people are written about and their problems talked about. In my opinion, this is written for people with money, lots of money, and their problems seem much of the time to revolve around things they can spend money on not or conflicts money brings up- e.g. Pre-nupt agreements and private schooling, environmentalist arguments (which seem to be what I call false environmentalism as the arguments about driving 4X4s doesn't seem to matter as much as which bin separator to get to many of the people I have met who are this wealthy (I baby sit for some of them). I know I shouldn't tar everyone with the same brush, everyone is different right? But this magazine and its articles are so far away from what I feel is real life, being that problems that are in this magazine are simply issues that most of us just wouldn't have the time to worry about- if they ever came up- such as problems with which nanny is best- or even if you should choose a nanny......isn't boarding better....which holiday or where you go...who should choose and how this can impact on the holiday...finding sanctuary...
Let me just explain this from my point of view. I am in my late 20's. My job was hard work, it was, just like all the other jobs I have had, temporary. And when the staff were not required any more, we just don't get our contracts renewed. Its all minimum wage stuff, which is hard to bite when you do actually have a degree, but no job of real salary to show for it (mine was in Design and while I learnt a lot, its only really any use with an M.A, and an M.A would set me back around £10K a year. That's if I was working in addition to studying. And if my current debts were all paid for.) I live in Council flat, I don't have holidays- in fact the last time I went away on a holiday was when I was 10 with my now separated family.
But I do have a vested interest in Psychology, I see a psychotherapist regularly as I have a lot of things I need help with. (Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, family problems growing up.... all stuff that for me, is just too much and has held me to the brink), seeing a psychotherapist, it helps me a lot. I want to learn more, it interests me to read about how we think and how we act. But I do get so fed-up with this magazine being aimed at the rich and wealthy and myself and others in the same category being either made invisible or painted as the worst thing that could happen to someone. Maybe I am bitter... of maybe I am just sick of being ignored or felt like a non person just because I have never been to a spa before.... who knows.
This is overall in many ways a good read, but you do have to grit your teeth if your earning anything under £30K each in a family of at least 2 children, 3 cats (pedigree of course) and a pair of yappy Yorkshire terriers- and the nanny of course.
I would recommend this for long train rides, Try to skip some of the 'real life' articles where all the writing seems aimed at people with more money then common sense, if you cant and if it irritates you too much, you can always throw it out the window! (I do not condone or back the idea of litter louting this is not what I mean here!).
I am listing this as a 4 star, alot of it is very good and interesting to read- some zrticles can even help you. But it lets itself down by being non inclusive, it feels as if they assume us 'lower classes' are not really intelligent enough to read a copy, I find this really irritating and dislike reading so many trivial articles about people who had it all, then lost a little bit. Try having nothing in the first place.
I had never bought Psychologies before, but it had interested me a number of times whilst browsing in WH Smiths. The problem was, at £3.20 a copy, I wasnt eager to try it- I had my 'old faithfuls' to depend on and could I risk this money on a bit of a magazine gamble? However, in Tesco's the other day, I noticed a magazine offer that tempted me; Red magazine combined with an additional copy of Psychologies for £4.99. This, I thought, was a deal worth striking, and I waltzed out of the supermarket giant happy for a change (I loathe Tesco- blooming monster encroaching on every bit of spare land...grrrr)............Ok, calm down and apply stress relieving techniques learnt in Psychologies. Deep breaths, in and out....ahhhhh.
~What is Psychologies?~
Psychologies is definately the 'thinking ladies' reading material. Pour yourself a nice latte, add your spectacles, and embark upon a refreshingly cranial workout.
Actually, this is one magazine that doesnt seem to celebrate the rich and famous. The articles are devoted to examining emotions, relationships (with others and yourself), and focusing on the fact that we should not be judged by appearance alone.
When I read this magazine, I was struck at how stupidly base and materialistic our world actually is. What do I care about Charlotte Churches latest bust up with Gav? Or if Anne Robinson has had her entire face removed and replaced by her buttocks? Most magazines are image, money, and attitude (usually bad) focused, and very little written word is dedicated to the mind and emotions- and dare I say it, the intellect. Psychologies was a pleasant change really.
Writers, journalists, psychologists, and philosophers all contribute to the articles in this magazine. Much of the material concentrates on our roles in society, stress management, the pressures of family life, the imposing nature of media on our lives, and the way we manage relationships. It is implied that our lives are dynamic, and that we need to adapt to new circumstances as they arrive- life changes in effect. Bereavement, couple breakups, rearing children, finding work satisfaction, and moving home are all addressed.
~Would I Recommend This?~
If I had to rate this out of 5, Id give it a 3. This is because it can be a bit heavy going and a whole magazine devoted to my 'psychological' state etc... can be a bit tiresome. I would probably buy it again for a change, but I dont think it'll be a regular read. To me, its a nice antidote to a 'dumbed-down' womens magazine selection, but it seems to state the obvious, ie: love yourself for who you are, not your physical appearance etc.... All very honorable, but a bit dull if thats the sole diet on offer here.
Oh and I know this sounds a bit churlish, but I did find this magazine a little patronising. Most of the women featured were obviously career types who were having forty fits about promotion or non-promotion. They also seemed to rich and upper middle class..."Oh I wrote for the Daily Telegraph, but they had to fight for me to stay as the Daily Express were biting at my heels!". Oh poor you...ermmm, can anyone tell me how to get baby sick off my jeans please? Thanks. I just wish they would include a few 'ordinary women' who arent entrepreneurs with a beautiful converted barn in Wiltshire. Do you sense some jealousy here? Heehee