Model Behaviour: Barbie, Body Image and the Importance of Transparency

Neil Douthwaite | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Douthwaite

Decades of experience and leadership is not enough today to engender trust in a brand. People are looking for honesty and transparency from brands. With information and opinion only a click away it is much easier for consumers to feel that the wool is being pulled over their eyes. McDonalds acknowledged this and success has come their way.

It's Okay to Not Be Okay (Honestly)

Katie Portman | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Portman

We are living in a world obsessed with perfectionism and image, but isn't it time we stopped the role playing and tell ourselves and each other, that actually it's OK to not be OK?

Let's Get Rid of These Irritating Expressions

Kathryn Berens | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Berens

In recent times there have been some unwelcome intruders, masquerading as meaningful expressions. They have crept into our everyday conversation and have got rather too settled. They are over-used, largely meaningless and highly irritating. It's time we stood up, banished these banal expressions and reclaimed our language.

How Honest Should You Be About Your Mental Health?

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Mental health campaigner and OBE recipient Ruby Wax recently told The Times: "When people say, 'Should you tell them at work?', I say: 'Are you crazy?' You have to lie. If you have someone who is physically ill, they can't fire you. They can't fire you for mental health problems but they'll say it's for another reason. Just say you have emphysema."

Just Who Is Responsible for the Quality of Our Elections?

Dragana Brown | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Dragana Brown

As the election veers towards the finishing line with all the pizazz of a wobbly egg and spoon race, our politicians' thespian talents are now firmly...

Why UK Politicians Cannot Tell The Truth

David C. M. Carter | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Politics
David C. M. Carter

It struck me today why no politician can ever tell the truth to voters. Why they never answer the direct question interviewers ask them. It's shockingly naïve of me to not have worked it out sooner.

The Whole Truth About Lying

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

It's the darkest week of the year, nearly Christmas. Stories of Santa Claus and elves abound... but my kids know they're not real. I've never lied about this.

The Very Bad Apple

Jo Haigh | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK
Jo Haigh

None of us like being taken for granted in work or at play but owner managers, perhaps more than most, find this behaviour very hard to forgive as by large we have sacrificed so much on our journey.

For Some Reason, I Just Don't Have the Time Anymore

Paul Marshall | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

You want to think the best of your fellow man. To believe that the good in them will always prevail. Their acts of decency and kindness making even the crappiest day seem somehow kind of wonderful .

Family and Friends vs The Fug

Pam Warren | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Pam Warren

I made a promise to myself while recovering from my injuries to always put family and friends needs before anything else. In the ensuing years I have managed to keep this promise. What I could not foresee was how this vow would be tested when I was torn between both family and a friend, at the same time, in the past two months.

Open Relationships for Monogamous People

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

There's a rumour going around, propagated by [some] polyamorists, that polyamory is a superior ideology to monogamy. Let's face it, 'limitless love' does sound wholly honorable and blissful, even if 'limitless sex' with multiple partners sounds ~ for most of our sex-negative society ~ quite the opposite.

Think You Know How To Spot A Liar?

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

How many times have you told a fib today? According to Robert Feldman, author of The Liar In Your Life: The Way To Truthful Relationships, it’s prob...

Beauty Blog #6: Hair FAQs

Katy Harrington | Posted 25.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Harrington

I used to dread going to the hairdresser, chiefly because the stylist always touched my hair as if it was an envelope marked 'anthrax', rolled their eyes when I asked for 'more blonde' and could barely conceal their laughter when I produced pictures torn from magazines of Kate Bosworth (fair enough).

François Hollande - A Case of Infidelity or Integrity?

Dragana Brown | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Dragana Brown

Irrespective of whether Hollande was involved in another relationship or not, for I am not here to cast judgement, the question of integrity is one to raise on the basis of Hollande's choices to hide behind and use as an excuse French cultural ways, rather than stand as a true leader and be completely transparent.

In Whom We Trust

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Currently I believe that what is urgently required is greater truth and integrity from those in whom we put our trust. The trouble is, the embedded culture of secrecy and obfuscation makes this objective extremely difficult to achieve. Moreover, simply increasing performance measures and targets will definitely not help.

Male Isolation: Why We Need Good, Bad and Ugly Friendships

Nick Clements | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

No man is an island. All of us need to ensure that we have a good diversity of friendships in our lives, it is essential to our mental health. In order to promote this we need to change the negative, hardening messages our boys receive from an early age. 'Be strong, boys don't cry, tough it out, don't show pain, be brave my little soldier, man up, you wuss!'

Scientists 'More Trustworthy Than Church Leaders'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK

Who would you trust more, a scientist or a member of the church? Most people see scientists as the most honest of all professionals, a survey has ...

The Past... But Here Comes My Superhero!

Catriona Weir | Posted 15.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Catriona Weir

It's funny how one situation can bring back memories of something painful... I've had this happen over the last few months, it's been hard to not ge...

Why Don't More People Engage in Whistleblowing?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

We need to have a society where more credit is given to those who, because of their inside knowledge of organisational wrong-doing, chose to expose the truth. Unless this happens, the sort of scandals in the seen in the NHS, finance and banking and politics in terms of false expenses, to name but a few, will continue with monotonous regularity.

What If All "The Talkative Ones" Went Silent?

Liberty Forrest | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Comedy
Liberty Forrest

There are two kinds of people in the world: The Quiet Ones and The Talkative Ones. You know, those who blend into the background and the more gregario...

Brave Communicado

Carrie Lloyd | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Lloyd

The word 'confrontation' terrifies the Twinings out of the Brits. I believe us not bravely communicating our feelings is a gigantic reason for divorce, illness and a plethora of bad behaviour.

How Honest Are We Really?

Teral Atilan | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Teral Atilan

Is it just me or does everyone else have a hard time telling the truth to a stranger? If I see my close friends and family wearing something that makes them look hideous, I tell them, and I expect the same from them. But there is a fine line between telling them the truth and being plain old rude.

Honesty and Practical Politics

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Being honest about the limits that face us but having a clear set of priorities shaping our actions allows for a more honest, more human and more humane politics to be shaped.

Is Boeing Big Enough to Say It's Wrong... Or Is It Too Big to Do So?

Jane Sparrow | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK
Jane Sparrow

"We stand behind its overall integrity" declares the official statement from Boeing regarding the grounding of its fleet of 787s. This brings images to my mind of 'Chemical Ali' - the Iraqi minister who declared that they were winning the war, as Baghdad burnt behind him.

No More Aid

Matthew Frost | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK
Matthew Frost

We all know that it's one of the biggest barriers to aid effectiveness, a primary concern among the UK public when considering whether and how we should respond to global poverty, and a major obstacle faced by thousands of hard-working local community organisations in poor countries.