Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Psychologies Magazine review and giveaway

"How to Fake the Perfect Tan", "The Hot Bags That Will Change Your Life", "Getting Him to Make That Commitment", "50 Ways to Orgasm This Weekend".  None of these articles are of any interest to me and never will be (although, I can imagine that there's a lot to be said for the 50 ways to orgasm one. Who has the time, though?  You'd never even get a wash on).  It's not that I hate womens magazines or anything; it's just that I find them entirely irrelevant to my life and personality.  I look how I look and that's that, a bag will never change my life, and I got married seven years ago to a man who offered me commitment without any need for game playing and dirty tricks, because that's how relationships should work.

I don't want to be patronized or made to feel unattractive and inadequate, and that's why I like Psychologies - a magazine which, to quote editor, Suzy Greaves, "doesn't care what age you are, what you look like...or which handbag you buy".  Instead it focuses on how you feel and what you're thinking about and encourages you to try different ways of living.  It's always been a good read and a magazine that I'm happy to read on a long train journey, and it has just been relaunched with a new design and layout.  I was sent the December issue to write about and have five copies of it to give away at the end of this post, so read on...



This issue focuses on the theme of talking: Difficult conversations, an unexpected but life changing chat and a test about how you speak to yourself.  ("QUIZ!" shouts my husband. "BRING ON THE QUIZ! Oh my God, I love a quiz.  I'll get the pencils."  He really is a complete girl).  As a softly spoken observer, I particularly enjoyed Rin Hamburgh's article about speaking up and making yourself heard when everyone can shout louder than you, which contained some useful advice.  I also thought that Doc Brown's feature about casual misogyny was an interesting and thought provoking read, and later on in the magazine I was surprised and pleased to discover a new bevy of agony aunts who look beyond giving superficial advice and aren't afraid to delve into the issues behind the problems that they've been tasked with solving.  "Aim for the nearest patch of sunshine," says one, which is sound advice that I'll try to remember next time I'm in a depressive slump.

Over all, I thought it was a refreshing and absorbing read and that the re-vamp had only improved an already commendable publication.  I did find that I missed the book section that the old version of the magazine used to carry, but that is my only criticism.

There's currently a promotion offering the first three issues of a subscription to Psychologies for £3.00 over here: http://www.kelseyshop.co.uk/home/mpurchase.asp?m=923&src=C101 or if you'd like to win one of the 5 copies I have to give away, get filling in the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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42 comments:

  1. Always have a hobby or interest outside family, friends and work.
    Something that takes you away from usual life.

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  2. Take It Easy :- Have a Cadbury's Caramel.

    Life is often such a rush to get everything done. It is nice to take it easy now and again in order to rest and recuperate (recharge).
    I like the advert, plus I love the chocolate treat.

    But seriously we all need a rest sometimes.

    Rachel Craig

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  3. Best piece of advice - Be yourself

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  5. Best piece of advice ever was from my health visitor when the children were small. She told me that I would get given lots of advice on how to look after them much of which would be conflicting. She advised me to listen to the advice, thank the person who offered it and then go ahead and do whatever I thought best. Have followed it ever since!

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  6. If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got

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  7. Tomorrows a different day

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  8. Pam Francis Gregory5 November 2013 at 14:37

    Look forward not back

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  9. its a cliche but always trust gut instincts

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  10. honesty is the best policy

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  11. Take time and appreciate everything around you.

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  12. always treat others how you expect to be treated yourself

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  13. Never turn down opportunities - it's better to regret the things you've done than the things you never did.

    I had saying yes to new experiences as a new years resolution last year, and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made, and helped me grow a lot as a person.

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  14. Just your life one day at a time

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  15. Keep smiling :-)

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  16. My counsellor told me the last time I saw her that I am too competitive with myself - she said you cannot be perfect at everything all of the time (I was stressing about maintaining two jobs, a toddler and being the perfect homemaker/wife at the time!). She said there are times when you are top of your game at ALL of those things, so don't beat yourself up about it when you're not. This advice has been working very well for me ever since. x

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  17. Trust yourself. It's pretty hard because most people are taught as children that they can't be trusted. If you listen to and trust your instincts you'll do just fine - they rarely lead you in the wrong direction.

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  18. Always go with what you believe, it may not always be right, but then in the end you have nobody to blame and done your best x

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  19. Pamela says: The best advice is always given ... and never taken!

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  20. Always be yourself - do not try to impress

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  21. I was told that when it comes to be people gossiping and asking if you've 'heard what so and so has been saying about you' simply reply with 'If its true I already know it and if its not true I don't need to know it' So true and something I try to remember.

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  22. To take baby steps and eventually i'll get there , rather then jumping in the deep end and drowning. If you get me.
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway , my sister's studying psychology at university so if i won i'd pass them on after i read them :)

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  23. Always do your best by Robby Price

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  24. Always live each day as if its your last and always settle a disagreement/argument before you sleep

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  25. The wise old owl
    Sat in an oak.
    The more he saw,
    The less he spoke.
    The less he spoke,
    The more he heard.
    Why can't we be like
    That wise old bird?

    the best advice ever

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  26. Christina Jarrett10 November 2013 at 03:02

    Go with the flow! Because sometimes that's all you can do! Things have a way of working out :) x

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  27. The best advice I was given was to learn self healing!!

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  28. Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things. ;-)

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  29. If you don't take care of yourself no one else will, if you don't have respect for yourself no one else will, if you don't love yourself no one else will.

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  30. Listen to and trust your gut feelings.

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  31. No Matter how low you feel, the only way is up you will feel better

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  32. be yourself

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  33. Don't dwell on past mistakes, accept that things won't always go as you planned but try to learn from your mistakes and move on with a smile. :)

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  34. Don't live in the past! Amy Ripley

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