So this is Christmas; and what have you done?
Well, this is what I’ve done: a whole lot of media, surrounding my public lecture on ‘The Psychology of Christmas‘ just the other week. Turns out lots of people are interested in Christmas. Who knew?
I’ve made a list (I’ve even checked it a few times):
Dublin City FM:
The Irish Times:
Channel 9 (Australia):
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I know. That’s probably enough, isn’t it? Well, time is certainly running out, so soon it will all be over…
There is one. A Psychology of Christmas, that is. Here I am over at TheJournal.ie going on about it, as usual:
In the 1930s, US President Calvin Coolidge made the following observation on the annual yuletide festivities: “Christmas is not a time nor a season,” he said, “but a state of mind.”
For sure, Christmas affects the human mind in many ways, capable of stimulating joy, nostalgia, excitement, trepidation, and stress – occasionally all at the same time. It is little surprise to learn, then, that behavioural science has produced voluminous research into the human side of Christmas.
At the time of writing, a standard Google search for the ‘Psychology of Christmas’ yields approximately 126 million results. Even Google Scholar gives us 200,000. There is much to cover.
Perhaps the best starting point is to remember that Christmas is one of the most psychological of human festivals, in that it echoes the visceral terror of darkness that characterised humanity’s earliest experiences of winter.
There’s plenty more where that came from. Make sure you go read the rest of the piece here.
It’s a taster for a public lecture I am giving tonight in Trinity. I believe tickets are all sold out, but nonetheless here is the info.
Dublin seems really Christmassy right now. Tonight, for sure, it will be even more Christmassy…
Happy Solstice everybody! As James Brown (above) puts it, it’s time to hitch up your reindeer and go straight to the ghetto! This is because it’s time for Part 2 of my…
…SCIENCE-OF-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Woo-hoo! (Again)
Last time out things were, I suppose, a bit morbid. This time you will be happy to learn that they are merely nihilistic. All the same, I am again supplying musical accompaniment and helpful advice. Because I am (still) a good person.
So here you are. My scientific advice for Christmas, Part 2…
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