Psychology and Sociology

December 2020 Psychology and Sociology Group Update


Psychology : the science of behaviour and mind including the conscious and unconscious, experience and thought.

Sociology : the study of society, social behaviour, relationships, interactions and culture in everyday life.

Within these two sciences we shall explore, question and discuss the human condition.


The main aim of our group is to enjoy sharing knowledge with others who have an interest in the subject and to be open to learning something new about ourselves and the world around us.

You don’t have to be an expert, few of us are, all you need is a willingness to participate and a sense of humour.

December 2019 Newsletter

Di Fischer, a tireless member of our U3A, started the Psychology and Sociology group a couple years ago. She has now returned to Oz and we all wish her all the very best. Members of her group were keen to keep her group going.

There was a great turnout when it reconvened in October with three new members joining. We had a really interesting presentation on Sleep, Memory and Dreams which got us thinking about how to improve our sleep quality.

We cover a wide range of topics chosen by the members which are presented by a group member or occasionally a guest speaker and followed by a lively discussion by the group.

You don’t have to be an expert (most of us aren’t) to present a topic. You could find a talk on the internet or radio, or an interesting article to share with the group and stimulate discussion. There will always be someone there to help you with sourcing and presenting your topic.

16th December ‘A light-hearted look at Christmas’ and a Fuddle.
27th January ‘Marketing’ – the psychology of selling.
24th February ‘Hypnotherapy’ – dispelling the myths.

Further topics to be confirmed so come along and join us.

The group meets at the Pearson Centre – Room 3 – 10.30- 12.30 on the 4th Monday in the month.

Contact Carole Philip ( or Duncan Leadbetter ( for more information – OR JUST TURN UP!

Carole and Duncan

September 2018 Newsletter

A big thank you again to those of you who took part in our study into Personality Types (as defined by Jung) and Activities that people take part in within the Beeston U3A. The Jungian Briggs-Meyer questionnaire was used (see the following link)

As you will appreciate there are so many groups which offer so many different activities, so it was difficult to categorize them. All the groups are in essence sociable, Bridge uses mental agility but is it the same as the academic subjects – Psychology, Sociology, Science etc. Plus not all personalities are interested in taking part in studies, were afraid of what they might find or hesitant in answering other than uncertain. With one of our members exhibiting two personalities. A dilemma!

So the activities part had to be scrapped. We do however have a result of sorts.

We had a response of about 10% of the membership as at the time of the initial study – 73.

Of the 16 different personalities defined by the test, 13 are represented by members of the Beeston branch. The breakdown is as follows: Beeston branch. The breakdown is as follows:

ESTJ                    4 ISTJ                   4 ENTJ                     8 INTJ                  10
ESTP ISTP                  1 ENTP INTP                    3
ESFJ                  10 ISFJ                   3 ENFJ                    9 INFJ                     7
ESFP                   5 ISFP ENFP                   8 INFP                    2
There are four criteria which lead to the 16 personality types. Doing the test gives a score of how much you prefer one or the other in certain situations, across the four criteria, expressed in this order:
Extrovert – Introvert Sensing – Intuition Thinking – Feeling Judging – Perceiving

You will need to go on the site mentioned above to find your personality and read about what this all means. Why not have a friend/partner/family member do you as well and see if the results are the same.

Do feel free to get in touch if you would like further information.

Di Fischer-Harman

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