Hear My Voice
This creative project explored new ways to communicate psychology. Professor Richard Wiseman worked with several students to discover how the written word, poetry, art, sculpture and audio can be used to share the teachings of psychology in an engaging and accessible way.
Learn about the work our students produced. More examples will be shared over the coming weeks, so please check back.
My ever first poem was written in one of my English classes. I cannot remember the given topic, but I remember what that poem meant for me and how it made me feel once it was complete. I chose to write from my heart, and it made me feel liberated- to be able to put my complex, fifteen-year-old emotions into even more complex words. It made sense since English was all about ambiguity and interpreting blue curtains as an indication of sadness. Sometimes blue curtains are just that. Blue. But I digress…poetry is therapeutic for me.
A couple years ago, in my second year of studying psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, my life was very much chaotic, uncertain and all the other negative words that are associated with an unhealthy relationship. However, as time went by and I slowly started getting back on my feet, I was drawn to writing down how I felt. I guess it was a way to place internal emotions onto paper and give it purpose. Or place them onto paper as if they were not mine and of some made up character in my head. Whatever the reasoning behind it, I wrote to make myself feel better. A type of escapism.
I, therefore, kindly present to you a poem that I have been given an opportunity to write in celebration of fifty years of psychology at University of Hertfordshire. I hope you enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed writing it.