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March and April 2018

Hi lovelies

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine. Long may it last!

I’ve had a busy couple of months and was also lucky enough to manage a few days (OK a bit more than that) in my beloved Fethiye, in SW Turkey.

Writing wise, I have written for most of the nationals these past couple of months. A lot of work seems to be generated by my morning tweets, which are becoming a digest of ideas for people to invite me onto radio, TV and print to comment further. I now seem to be thinking in soundbites – when I am supposed to be writing another book. But on what?? If you have any ideas, please send them on!

I’ve written for the Daily Mail on how having a messy house can adversely affect your love life; whether contraceptive implants should be given to 12 year old girls routinely (er, no) and how over-parenting your child can be as damaging as not paying enough attention to their needs. Features for Fabulous magazine on what happens when you start hating your partner; an open letter to Sam Faiers on why sleeping apart from your partner is not a good idea and  how having a third child is likely to affect Kate and Will’s family dynamic. I also wrote about the problems of a long distance relationship, vis a vis Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan for the Daily Star. I wrote a long piece on body language (hurrah, love that) on the Stormy Daniels defense of her situation with Trump for the London Standard and an article on why younger people have more anxieties about their future than their parents. Writing about tourist stereotypes for the Daily Telegraph and whether we should talk about exes on a first date for The Independent completes a busy few weeks on the national papers.

Magazine wise, I am still writing regularly for New! and Reveal and in the past few weeks I have written about everything from men undermining women to Liam Payne’s relationship with Cheryl – these are not connected 😉 Also something for Glamour on why we change our appearance after a break up. And Saga magazine on when you know whether you’re ready to date again.

I’m still doing my regular psych assessment work for reality TV – there are some great shows coming your way – and my psych consultancy for Good Morning Britain.

I seem to be doing more radio than ever – which I love – maybe four or five interviews a week at the moment. As well as Talk Radio, You and Yours and Radio Five Live I am now a weekly contributor to Kevin O’Sullivan’s TalkSport Radio show. For those of you who know me/follow my Twitter ramblings, you’ll also know that I have pretty much zero interest in sport, apart from the major events, so I am pleased to say that my contribution is psychological insight into newsy topics and nothing sport related! Though I have also just filmed a contribution for a new Channel 4 documentary called Fanatical. Starring Dapper Laughs (not nearly such a **** as you might think, in fact a pretty decent guy) it’s about whether you’re less of a man if you don’t like football. Obviously not, in my view…

And finally, I am thrilled to be launching a new and unique style retreat in my beloved Fethiye at the end of October. It’s a Yoga and Relationship Retreat, with me doing the relationship coaching and my agent Liz (who is also a fully qualified yoga teacher) doing the yoga bit. So singles and couples, if you fancy a few gorgeous days away with some coaching and some yoga in the most beautiful spot in the world check out our new website. Replenish Retreats. www.replenishretreats.co.uk Prices are really competitive – with an even better early bird offer if you book before 30 June.

See y’all next month.

Much love

Jo
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Jan and Feb 2018

Hello lovelies

I am so late writing this – thanks to being busy – that we have gone from a bitter cold and properly looong winter to a sudden heatwave, so I am now struggling to remember those early months of this year. But I’ll do my best to have a bit of a catch up…

I am always curious looking back on the same time last year and seeing how my job evolves. It’s not necessarily always me choosing to take my work in another direction, more that I simply respond to it happening. Though in this case, I am trying – and doing OK – to pursue more of a TV career behind the scenes, rather than simply being on it. It seems more of a challenge while also being less unpredictable – my TV appearances are often news reactive, so it’s either a call late on evening for the following morning or a call at lunchtime to go on in the evening. And just sometimes it’s so near the wire, that the call to appear only just works in terms of getting to a TV studio in time! And for those who follow me on Twitter and read my meanderings, you’ll know how much I HATE winter (and a SAD sufferer) so very unlikely to be camera ready or willing at a moment’s notice 😉

So, I’ve done a fair bit of TV recently including C5 News, Sky News and Good Morning Britain, but also a lot more psych assessments for reality TV, which I love.

I am also very happy on the radio (and very possibly have a face for it!) so have pretty regular slots on Talk Radio, BBC Radio London, Radio 5 Live and Heart Radio – talking everything from dating (always a winner in Jan/Feb!) to Trump’s mental state (not good…), phone hacking, bearing grudges and micro cheating. I love that news radio, which can’t rely on music, just current affairs/topical subjects is really flourishing right now. It attracts some really high profile presenters like Eamonn Holmes and makes my job that much more interesting.

But in spite of that, I am still writing a lot of psych observations of celebrities for magazines and newspapers, so I need to keep a handle on what’s going on in la-la land. I’ve written about Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan – becoming regulars now – for Reveal and also about Scarlett Moffatt, Cheryl and Liam (another constant topic of speculation and interest) for them, as well as my regular musings for New! which in the past few weeks have included Lauren Goodger promoting supplements to lose weight, Coleen Nolan’s marriage issues, the problems that Ant McPartlin is currently going through and numerous comments on Kim Kardashian and how she and Kanye are airbrushing their new baby out of their celebrity life. In fact this maybe the first time I haven’t written about Katie Price in the 10+ years I have been doing this job!

I’ve written a lot for The Sun recently, an open letter to Cheryl and Liam and how a tidy bedroom is good for your sex life. It’s not everyone’s paper of choice I know, but for some curious reason the red tops always pay better than the broadsheets. In fact some broadsheets pay nothing at all, apparently I am supposed to work for the ‘honour’ of writing for them… Hmmm.

I’ve also written for the Daily Express on how to spot a cheater and why the French don’t embrace the #MeToo movement, as well as the Daily Mail on playing hard to get as a dating strategy – not necessarily a good thing these days and the Guardian on how it’s more likely that we find it easier to end a relationship with a person than a bank.

Other than that and a few comments for Elle and Style, it’s always a busy time for coaching – both singles and couples seem to struggle in the early part of the year. But given that we’re now some way through the year and I resolve to write my blogs on time, next time around, I wish you a (very) belated Happy New Year!

Much love

Jo
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November and December 2017

Hello…

I find myself writing this mid way through Jan, partly because it all gets a bit quiet in the media and counselling during the last couple of moths of the year, and partly because January is just the opposite!

So, I’ll keep this post brief and make up for it with a bumper newsletter next month…

TV wise, there were a couple of appearances including Good Morning Britain, Sky News and C5 News – but there was a lot going on radio wise. I seem to have become a bit of a regular on Talk Radio – chatting everything from women who fear police reaction to reporting sexual harassment and mood food to Christmas feuds and seasonal changes in sex. I was also on BBC Radio London a number of times, discussing influential people, choosing to live alone, should children go to nursery and whether some murderers are actually born evil.

Writing wise, there was a lot going on reporting on I’m a Celebrity – as the Daily Mirror’s ‘top jungle doc’ (!) I was forever being asked my views, for a number of papers and magazines, even though it seems a while ago now and very much replaced at the moment by Celebrity Big Brother.

I also wrote about why we cry on planes for the Daily Telegraph, the lovely Davina McCall’s divorce for New magazine, Harry and Meghan’s body language for Reveal, the rise of sex robots and the problems that Disney stars have growing up for the Daily Star and tips for restricting children’s screen time for The Sun.

I was really pleased to join in a debate on Radio 5 Live on reality TV Duty of Care – those that follow me on Twitter will know this is something I am both passionate about and love doing behind the TV scenes. Like coaching and counselling, it is all kept highly confidential, so much as I enjoy tweeting, I can never say anything about that side of my job!

Anyway, I said I’d keep it brief, so I’ll sign off now and wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Jo
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September/October 2017

Hello….

I guess it must be a good thing that it’s taken me until the end of November to write about my September/October activities – it’s been that busy – but it is now freezing and Christmas is just around the corner, so feel exhausted just time travelling 😉

It’s odd how sometimes one part of my work seems to simply eclipse all the others and in the last few weeks, that must have been TV. As in on screen rather than behind the scenes. I seemed to spend most of time in cars travelling backs and forwards from ITV, Sky and Channel 5. I’m always amazed that I rarely get asked to do the same thing twice, given that most of my work is news based.

As the consultant psychologist on Good Morning Britain, a week rarely goes past when I am not asked to advise on whether someone considered vulnerable should be able to go on TV or not. Often their concerns are not about being on TV – or the social media flak that they might get from being on there – but just a fear of being interviewed by Piers Morgan!  I was on GMB a few times over the past few weeks, generally managing to avoid Piers (not deliberately obvs) by appearing on a Thursday or Friday morning… I was also on This Morning taking calls for a phone in on dating, which is always a popular topic and way too many calls to get through sadly. In other TV work I was on Channel 5 News discussing the curse of Strictly and sexual harassment in dating – a major topic at the moment, so much so, I was on twice in one week – chatting to the lovely Matt Barbet. Also a few stints on Sky News – including talking about the science of attraction and how to be a morning person. Not that easy at 6 am…

A lot of writing these past couple of months too, much of it for the Daily Mail – and yes I know there are mixed opinions about that paper, but in my view it tackles women’s issues pretty well. I wrote two features loosely based around themes from the hugely popular Dr Foster, one on the appeal of ‘hate sex’ and the other on when a man’s mistress can have more integrity than his wife. Though realise that sounds terrible when written like that – I am not condoning infidelity in any way! I also wrote for the Mail on vibrant women over 70 who are still enjoying a great sex life.

Other features included the Daily Telegraph on why it’s OK to be OK when your children leave home, the value in keeping an honestyjournal and aisle versus window seat people on a plane. A diverse selection of subjects. I am also slightly obsessed with the future that robots might play in our relationships – an increasingly controversial subject as the fantasy becomes a closer reality – so I was pleased to write for the Daily Star on that.

My regular celebrity psychologist musings for New! included writing about Gemma Collins – and of course, inevitably about Katie Price. I also contributed to Metro on why women like to be dominated in bed and a piece about anxiety; for Prima on dating as a single parent; for Stylist on how certain scents trigger memories of past relationships; the Sunday Times Style magazine on the pleasures of TV comfort watching and for Look on what happens when you ‘accidentally’ snog someone at a party or you find out that your partner has!

As my regular newsletter readers will know, I love being on the radio, so was delighted to contribute as an expert on a few stations including LBC, Talk Radio, BBC Radio London and Radio 5 Live as well as contributing to my lovely friend Geoff Lloyd’s new podcast.

So a lively month – hope you’re all well. As ever, you can find me tweeting on @TVPsychologist.

Love

Jo
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July/August 2017

Hello

Here I am in early September, not much liking the way the evenings are slipping away fast but have to make the most of what little ‘summer’ is left.

Catching up on this newsletter helps as I have to remind myself that although the past couple of months see media pretty much shut down – so not much TV as all my producers go away – there has been plenty of writing and radio to keep me busy.

I did manage a quick visit to Channel 5 News  to talk about what makes a man handsome. It was pretty much a bit of PR fluff for a cosmetic surgeon, but fun nonetheless, especially when I had to test the very handsome presenter, Matt Barbet, on this so-called ‘Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty’. He did rather well… And of course as Good Morning Britain‘s Consultant Psychologist, there were a few sofa chats on very early mornings. That is not going to be so much fun, when it’s not only dark when I leave, but also dark when I get home – in full make up!

I wrote a LOT about relationships during the past few weeks – there seems to be no end to the thirst for relationship/dating info. Clients included the Daily Mail, Glamour, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Express, Metro, Reveal, Grazia, Yahoo and The Times. I left (virtually) no stone unturned…

But of course, some of the most interesting work is the unexpected and the quirky.  Some of the oddities – that I love – included writing for Glamour on why we enjoy watching TV shows involving murderers, BBC News on the rise of the reality TV celebrity, Trump’s behaviour for The Daily Mirror, The Sunday Express on millennials bringing dogs into the workplace and female politicians wearing make up as ‘war paint’ for The Daily Telegraph.

And I am always thankful to my regular work – New magazine, keep on doing what you’re doing celebrities and both local and national radio. You may wake me up in the morning with the most strange topics for discussion, but it beats an alarm call any day!

One of the highlights of the past few weeks was presenting the winning Overall Cat at the National Cat Awards. Those who follow me on Twitter will know that I am crazy about cats – different from being a Crazy Cat Lady obvs – and it’s such a lovely day.  It’s held in the gorgeous Savoy Hotel for a start, but what is really touching is the difference cats make to their owners’ lives, especially those who are poorly or suffering in some way. Choosing one cat/owner out of the five shortlisted was a tough choice. But Cat’s Protection does such extraordinary work, I am always happy to support them. Roll on next year!

Meanwhile, I am keeping this brief as my own darling Louis is not well today. So I am going back to being Florence Nightingale and will look forward to catching up with you next month…

Jo
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May/June 2017

Hello…

OK, so where is the summer going? I can hardly believe we’re now in July. It’s certainly been a turbulent couple of months, with some distressing events, which has certainly influenced my TV work.

Having lived in London all my life, and grown up not far from Grenfell Tower, I can’t think of much that affected me quite as much as that terrible, tragic fire. I had to visit the area that week for both ITV News and Sky News, to talk about how families and friends will begin to cope with their loss and how those extraordinarily brave firefighters can process and deal with what happened to them. As a psychologist used to talking about coping mechanisms for grief and PTSD, I still felt incredibly moved and saddened by what I saw. A week later I was behind the scenes on Good Morning Britain talking to some of the survivors and those who had family and friends in the tower, who were appearing on the show – I hope I gave them some reassurance that while they can never forget, they will feel better in time. Life takes on a ‘new normal’. I also have to say that in terms of Duty of Care, ITV are really one of the best channels around. And I was back on again the next morning (which was exhausting, but in the scheme of things I am not complaining) to talk a little more about coping mechanisms and grief.

But of course, there is always lighter news  and people welcome it in difficult times, so I was pleased to have a busy couple of months with my usual sort of psychology-lite ;-). Other TV appearances, included Sky News, discussing a ‘Reading Room’ experiment I conducted to find the formula for the perfect summer read; Good Morning Britain to chat about Corbyn and May’s body language in the run up to the election and The One Show talking about the rise in manspreading – y’know that thing men do, when they sit on trains with their legs flopped out to take up as much space as possible. Territorial behaviour, that’s all…

I’ve been writing a lot about celebs as ever, including my weekly meanderings for New magazine and also for Reveal. It’s the usual suspects, why is Katie Price (of course – no month is ever complete without writing about her) flirting with other men, is Louise Redknapp’s latest career threatening her marriage, is Cheryl Cole overprotective of her new baby and will Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan’s relationship manage to survive so much time apart?  I’ve also written for Grazia on the things we hide in a new relationship and whether younger men dating an older woman can work (yes!) for Reveal. I’ve written for Marie Claire on the paradox of choice when we have too many clothes in our wardrobe as well as what love addiction really means. I also contributed to a fascinating feature for Cosmopolitan on just how many women are now keen to get pregnant online – though not literally of course… And again for Cosmo on the what the new female buzzcut really represents.

And the newspapers have also been busy trying to fill their pages with some more cheerful, lighter news so I have written about a new Slow Dating app (complete waste of time!) for The Times, on my perfect summer book formula for The Sun, The Express and The Mail as well as first-holiday-as-a-couple do’s and dont’s for The Mirror and how women in politics use make up to give them a ‘game face’ when things get tough. I also wrote a piece for The Sun’s Fabulous magazine on what makes Tom Hardy the perfect boyfriend (hello!!). That’s pretty much all newspaper bases covered then…

There’s also been a lot of ‘dating’ around – a big flurry of new clients (must be the warm weather) and also Blind Date coming back, so have been talking a fair bit on the radio – including the new (vile, who would??) break up app for LBC –  and writing for the iPaper on TV dating shows in general. So what with all my clients, a few really interesting PR jobs and a couple of very exciting TV series in the pipeline, I am looking forward to a few days break in my beloved Fethiye later this month.

So, I wish you a peaceful and wonderful couple of months – and if we don’t chat on Twitter @TVPsychologist – and I’ll see you again in August!

Love

Jo
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March and April

Hello lovelies

The end of April finds me packing for a holiday to my beloved Fethiye in SW Turkey for a week or so. Troubled times in that part of the world, but I have many friends out there and it’s a very beautiful and peaceful place. I hope it stays that way.

So, I’ll keep this newsletter short and sweet – as I have to up at crazy o’clock tomorrow. In fact I was asked to go on Good Morning Britain tomorrow, so would have been an early one anyway;-)

I’ve had a varied couple of months, with a fair bit of TV, including Sky News discussing why online daters don’t always choose an ideal partner, Good Morning Britain chatting about fussy eaters, of all ages and C5 News about a survey that revealed that children think their parents are the ones who disrupt family life by using their mobile phones too much!

Radio wise, I’ve chatted to a lot of local BBC radio stations about all sorts of topics, usually with a moment’s notice (!) as well as Talk Radio about grief counselling and ‘being nice’, BBC Radio London about the ‘bystander effect’ and LBC about emotional intelligence and how we’re not always as kind as we might think we are,

I’ve written for various publications over the past few weeks including Marie Claire, iPaper, Glamour, Daily Mail as well as a couple of contributions to The Times. And of course my regular celebrity musings for New magazine, including – of course, as ever – a piece on Katie Price…

I’ve also been involved in a number of really interesting PR campaigns recently. With companies wanting ever more sophisticated and challenging studies conducted, in their quest for press coverage, it means I get to play around with all sorts of technical equipment and psychometric tests, all in the name of psychology and it takes me back to my lab days, which is fun! Though being a creative kind of person (and useless with numbers) the analysis/stats bit if it all, not quite as much fun as the experimental part…

Anyway, I promised short and sweet, so i’ll sign off now and see you guys in June. When we’ll have had (yet) another General Election!

Much love

Jo
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Jan and Feb 2017

Hi lovelies

Very late to writing this blog, but that must be a good thing, workwise, right? Anyway, a Happy and Very Belated New Year to you all!

It’s been a really busy time with clients, as ever. There are always a lot of singles who want to find a partner for the new year and vow never to spend another Christmas alone. I’m pleased to say that a few of them are now happily dating so something must be working… Usual client numbers were swelled by a great piece in the Daily Mail‘s You Magazine in January. A four page feature on dating coaching, much of it about my work, including a section on the coaching session I did for the journalist – so many thanks Laura Silverman! It’s also a time when I do a lot of couple counselling – Christmas and New Year takes its toll on many relationships.

TV work has included doing a phone in on This Morning on sexless relationships, C5 News on what Valentine’s Day really means these days and various appearances on Sky News, including a piece on dating fraud.

I’ve also been chatting to Andrew Castle on LBC about getting on with your inlaws, BBC Radio London about how old is too old to be living with your parents (number 2 son, please take note!) and always enjoy my interviews with Julia-Hartley Brewer on Talk Radio – she always makes me laugh, though not sure that’s quite the intention 😉

I am still writing regularly for New! magazine with my celebrity observations, and those under the spotlight in the last few weeks have included Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell – a toxic relationship if ever there was one – David Beckham and Nicola Mclean. And of course Katie Price – as regular readers of my blog will know – there’s NEVER a month when I don’t write something about Katie P.

It’s also good to be contributing more and more to the national press. I’ve written a couple of times for the Daily Mail on both the rise of you tube vloggers and of Sugar Mummies – separate pieces of course. I’ve also written for the Daily Telegraph on ‘body revenge’ – getting fit after a break up – and The Independent on how Trump has all the makings of a malignant narcissist. I am not one to make prescriptive mental health judgements about anyone normally, but feel it’s totally fair game with him!!

I’ve also written for Grazia on the new Hater dating app (let’s hope it bites the dust pretty soon) and a couple of pieces for Glamour on Alpha and Beta women and red flags in relationships.

And for those of you who fancy trying out dating coaching, but don’t have the time (or money) for one on one coaching, I’m pleased to let you know that I now have an online dating course, which has a few freebies on it and an affordable course you can take. More info on @TheDateAdvisor or dateadvisor.love. And if you get bored with my voice, the videos have been put together and narrated by the lovely Jon Briggs, better known for being the voice of Siri in your iPhone or telling people they are the Weakest Link 😉

So, in all a busy couple of months, but much of it about dating and relationships – always the way in the New Year.

See you next time…

Much love

Jo
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October, November and December

Hello lovelies

As I write this, I realise that it’s been a hell of a year. And sadly, most often not for the best reasons. We’ve had huge political upheaval as well as losing way too many musical and acting icons – with the last week of the year, feeling like an apocalypse in terms of the deaths of so many talented individuals that brought us so much pleasure. Let’s all hope that 2017, brings us all a little more joy…

But back to what I’ve been up to in the last couple of months – it’s been a busy time and much of it very reassuring that in spite of 2016’s turmoil, we’re still interested in the day-to-day psychology of life – whether that takes celebrity or a personal form.

I now seem to have a pretty regular slot on Sky News, most weeks, and usually with the fabulous Kay Burley. I love working with her and the new ‘glass box’ studio is amazing! The topics that I cover, are always diverse and generally I don’t know until the day itself what news topic I’ll get asked to cover – or whether I am on – with my psychological hat on. Which makes planning a bit of a nightmare 😉 Recent features include Student Fresher’s Week; whether telling ‘little white lies’ is ever acceptable (it is!); how old is too old to wear jeans/have a tattoo/wear high heels etc; the nature of social media mourning; fake news on Facebook and a recent study of the relationship between male sexism and depression.  Diverse indeed…

I also presented the Sex and Relationships show on LBC. I had some brilliant guests, but trust me, presenting a live two hour phone in show, with no music to break it up – and incoming calls, texts and tweets to handle as well as keeping a careful eye on the clock for ad breaks, travel updates and news bulletins which need to be timed to the nearest second is no easy feat.  I am so glad I only provide holiday cover – I could never manage it on a weekly basis! I’m much happier being a guest for another presenter – and have talked about the pressures at Christmas and women swearing and drinking as much as men, among other topics in the last few weeks.

I have also been contributing a lot to the Daily Mail in the last couple of months – and whatever your political views on the paper, it has a wide circulation and covers women’s topics – in particular – very well. Among a number of topics, I’ve commented on how our emotions affect our driving, what kind of facial expressions we pull when we’re concentrating and how selfies are encouraging the rise in cosmetic surgery.

It’s also good to be writing for some of the women’s ‘glossies’ and work over the past few weeks has included fussy eating disorders for Elle and body confidence for Glamour. And as ever, I’ve been commenting on celebrities weekly for New! and Reveal and while much of it doesn’t involve Katie Price, there’s rarely a month when I don’t comment on her. And while her behaviour is currently a bit ‘out there’ I’ve written about her more times lately than I can remember. Always with some affection – she’s a troubled girl, but I am very fond of her.

Some of my new clients this month – always good to have those – have been Pure Beauty, Vitality magazine, Stylist, The Pool, Fabulous, Unilad, NBC and the Irish Independent – on topics varying from body confidence and New Year resolutions to sharing a credit card and dick pics! For me the oddest one was doing  a piece on Chris Coleman, ex manager of Wales, for TalkSport Radio. I know nothing about football – but it was more a psychological feature (obvs) so somehow I managed to wing it…

In early 2017, I am going to be developing my work as a Duty of Care Psychologist. Much as I enjoy appearing on TV, I really love the assessment, evaluation and contestant support that I do behind the scenes on reality TV shows. It’s hard – but fulfilling work. So, if there are any TV companies/channels reading this – please check out my new Duty of Care page on my website. Thank you!

So until January – much love.

Jo
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July/August and a bit of September…

Hello lovelies

I have been very lazy abut writing this blog for the last couple of months, much of it due to being away a fair bit, including going to Nappa Valley for a fabulous – and the first I’ve been to – gay wedding! But now time for a reality check, work and weather wise…

It’s been a frantic  couple of months workwise – with much of it being done from my office by the sea, aka a sunbed 😉 I’ve been working hard on the psych evaluations for the second series of TLC’s dating show, Undressed and still love the fact that those willing to take most of their clothes off in the name of love, come in all shapes, sizes, age and sexual orientation.

As ever, I have written a fair bit for the Daily Mail, on subjects ranging from the psychology of scarring, why celebrity relationships go from 0 – 60 and back again so fast, the reality of living in the ultimate reality show, Eden and to how to get over a serious relationship when you are over 30.  And of course there were a lot of requests to discuss the break ups of the wonderfully hashtaggable #Brangelina and #Hiddleswift – including for the Daily Telegraph, Reveal and Grazia.

TV and radio has been pretty buoyant in the summer months too, with regular appearances on This Morning and Sky News. If you’re interested there are a couple of clips on my website – when I can remember to ask my web guy Johnny, to record/upload them…

More than anything, it has been a season when our thoughts turn to relationships. Sometimes, reconsidering one after a difficult summer holiday together or thinking about finding one to share the short, dark days ahead with.  Everyone seems to want to find a different angle on relationships these days, and so I have found myself writing about the increased use of psychics by women looking to find relationship answers for Grazia, the rise of ‘friendship counselling’  and anxiety issues in relationship for Glamour, why women are ‘people pleasers’ and conversely why we are so picky (different editions obvs!) for Marie Claire, our current attitudes to Tinder for Yahoo and whether polyamory is acceptable; when to announce your relationship status on Facebook and how to stop autumn hibernation in your relationship for Metro.

And if you are single and are finding the ever-more complex dating world difficult – or are in a relationship which could do with some advice – then don’t forget that as well as wibbling on about celebrities and reality TV, I also spend much of my time being a Dating Coach and a Relationship Counsellor, so just drop me a line on jo@johemmings.co.uk.

Radio has been as vibrant as ever, with my weekly slot on Ireland’s iRadio, which is always good craic and regular chats on LBC, BBC London, Virgin Radio and Talk Radio. And of course my regular contributions to New! magazine, which have included my observations on Bear in Celebrity Big Brother, Billie Piper, Victoria Beckham and the celebrity without which no blog would ever be complete, the fabulous Miss Katie Price!

I’ve also managed to get my darling cat Louis into my professional life. As a cat owning psychologist, I was asked to get involved in a Purina campaign, about How People Are Better With Pets, which led to me presenting an award at The Savoy for the National Cat Awards. Who would have thought it??

That’s probably enough for now, not much looking forward to the winter-ish months, but as ever I look forward to a bit of banter with you on Twitter. It’s @TVPsychologist if you fancy a chat.

Meanwhile, I’ll see you next month.

Much love

Jo
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