Saturday, January 29, 2011

Psychology Of The Seven Deadly Sins

We see evidence of the seven deadly sins in action in the news almost daily and this month’s Psychologist magazine explores how relevant these ancient vices are to modern life.

Dr Christian Jarrett, editor of the award winning Research Digest Blog, analyses the contemporary psychology view and provides evidence based advice on how to avoid the temptations of sin.

The Research Digest blog will host a ‘sin week’ starting on the 7 February. This will include top psychologists confessing their own sins and seven new sins for the 21st century such as ‘iphonophilia – the sin of checking ones smart phone for updates whilst in conversation with people in the real world.’

Christian said: “The original deadly sins were inspired by humankind’s struggle to rise above animalistic instincts and rein in our emotions. It’s the occasional success at these that makes us human. To sacrifice our own needs for the good of others or to postpone gratification today for a greater reward tomorrow. It’s our frequent inability to achieve this level of control that makes the sins as relevant today as they ever were.”

Elsewhere in the Psychologist Louise Elliman looks at the strengths associated with Asperger’s syndrome in ‘Asperger’s syndrome – difference or disorder’ and Paul Howard-Jones asks how insights from neuroscience to provide more effective teaching and learning in ‘From brain scan to lesson plan’.

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Source: British Psychological Society (BPS)

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