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Getting Your Head Around the Psychology of Donald Trump’s Wall

Getting Your Head Around the Psychology of Trump’s Wall Does psychology help explain barriers between the two sides of the wall debate? by Dr Raj Persaud Walls, barriers, borders, and boundaries all serve strong emotional functions deep in our psyche, which may explain why they arouse such passion. Whether President Trump will eventually get his […]

You Tube HQ Attack and Workplace Shootings Psychology

You Tube HQ Attack and Workplace Shootings Psychology by raj persaud and peter bruggen Nasim Aghda has been named as the suspect responsible for the You Tube Headquarters shootings which has left one man and two women injured with gunshot wounds. The attacker shot herself dead. Police say they are still investigating a motive, but […]

Are Referees Unfair to Female Players?

Are Referees Unfair to Female Players? Does psychological research support the accusation of referee bias? by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen Commentators, professional tennis players and fans remain embroiled in a bitter dispute over whether Serena Williams is right to accuse Carlos Ramos, the male umpire of her US Open Final, of sexist bias against […]

Can Psychology Reveal Who’s Lying To Senate Judiciary? Psychology accurately distinguishes the truth from falsehoods in sex crimes

Can Psychology Reveal Who’s Lying To Senate Judiciary? Psychology accurately distinguishes the truth from falsehoods in sex crimes by Dr Raj Persaud Consultant Psychiatrist and Dr Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm, Forensic Psychologist The media reports that The US Senate has received an FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, but the controversy continues over who was lying, and who […]

Is It Time To Change The Way You Make New Year Resolutions?

Does The Psychology of Time Explain How To Make Better New Year’s Resolutions?   Dr Raj Persaud FRCPsych Consultant Psychiatrist   Making New Year’s resolutions might be one of the oldest examples of a psychological error we repeat year after year, taking a stab at personal change, but, it seems, inevitably failing. Surveys suggest most […]

Is It Wise to Give Away Your £115 Million Lottery Win?

Is It Wise to Give Away Your £115 Million Lottery Win? Giving away fourth biggest lottery prize in UK history—what could possibly go wrong? By Dr. Raj Persaud   On New Year’s Day, Frances and Patrick Connolly from Northern Ireland became the fourth biggest lottery winners in UK history, scooping a jackpot of £114, 969,775, […]

The Psychology of Child Torture

The Psychology of Child Torture   David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, from Perris California, face accusations of torture, child endangerment and holding their 13 children captive. Authorities found some of their kids chained to beds, “in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” following an emergency phone call from the 17-year-old daughter who escaped […]

Larry Nassar and the Psychology of the Insincere Apology

Larry Nassar and the Psychology of the Insincere Apology The doctor’s apology been judged insincere. What is the psychology of apology?   By Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen   Larry Nassar has been sentenced with up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing young female gymnasts who were under his care.   […]

How sexually attractive is intelligence, as a feature of personality?

What Is the Smartest Move to Make on Valentines Day? IQ in the psychology of attraction—is being smart a turn on or a turn off? How sexually attractive is intelligence, as a feature of a person’s personality?   By Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen   A new study by psychologists Gilles Gignac, Joey […]

After The Grenfell Tower Tragedy – How To Cope?

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened To A Missing Loved One Is ‘ambiguous loss’, when someone goes missing, the very worst kind of loss? by Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham One of the most heart-rending aspects of the West London Tower Block fire tragedy, has been the plight of relatives and friends, besides themselves with […]

Inside The Mind Of UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Inside The Mind Of UK Prime Minister Theresa May raj persaud Consultant Psychiatrist at Private Practice in Harley St Inside The Mind Of UK Prime Minister Theresa May Election poker – the psychology behind calling an early ‘snap’ election By Dr Raj Persaud and Professor Adrian Furnham Professor Alastair Smith from New York University, formerly […]

Does Hollywood mislead us in our attempts to wrestle with personal anxiety demons? The film ‘Sully’ and what it teaches us about how to overcome fear.

Does Tom Hanks Movie “Sully” Reveal How To Cope With Anxiety? Consultant Psychiatrist at Private Practice in Harley St Does the Hollywood version of heroism hide the truth about coping with fear? by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen If you want to learn more about what the film ‘Sully’ might teach us about trauma, overcoming […]

ON VALENTINE’S DAY, CAN YOU ONLY BE HAPPY IF YOU ARE PRETTY?

ON VALENTINE’S DAY, CAN YOU ONLY BE HAPPY IF YOU ARE PRETTY? by raj persaud and peter bruggen   On Valentine’s Day those of us not blessed with sacks of cards, mountains of chocolate boxes and snow ploughs clearing the fields of flowers deliveries from our front door, may draw the conclusion that possibly we […]

Does Torture Work? by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen

Donald Trump has said he would be open to bringing back torture because he “absolutely” believes it works, claiming that “people at the highest level of intelligence” have confirmed to him that torture does work. But this seems to directly contradict the latest psychological research into what professional interrogators themselves really believe to be effective […]

Can Psychology Explain Donald Trump’s Victory?

by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen     Donald Trump’s astounding presidential victory appears to have surprised many, including pollsters, experts, pundits, large swathes of the media and the political intelligentsia. Is it possible that in order to fully grasp what has happened in a tumultuous election, psychological processes need to be invoked? Perhaps it […]

Does Psychology of Greed Explain Current Crisis in UK Sport? By Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen

Sam Allardyce has resigned from his “dream job” as manager of the England football team, partly because he discussed accepting a seemingly dodgy £400,000 deal with undercover newspaper reporters, but the psychological puzzle remains; why the pursuit of yet more cash, given he was on a £3 million-a-year contract plus bonuses?   Revelations of widespread corruption […]

Powerful Biases Shape How Presidential Debates Are Viewed by Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen

Depending on the performance of the candidates, the televised debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton might determine the next President of the United States. Psychology dramatically influences the way such debates are perceived by the public and their impact, so both candidates most probably consider deploying psychology in their planning for the encounter. A […]

THE BEST TIME TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK – WHEN DOCTORS ARE AWAY

THE BEST TIME TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK – WHEN DOCTORS ARE AWAY RESEARCH FINDS IT SAFER TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN THE CARDIOLOGISTS LEAVE TOWN by Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen Large medical conventions – where hundreds if not thousands of doctors converge on some luxury hotel in an exotic location […]

The Psychology of Betrayal By Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen

The Psychology of Betrayal   By Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen   Plastered across the British Press are terms such as ‘betrayal’ and ‘back-stabbing’, as Britain reels in reaction to the news that Boris Johnson, widely tipped to the be the UK’s next Prime Minister, has had his ambitions thwarted by his close colleague, Michael […]

After The Death Of Dr Rose Polge – Who Cares For Doctors?

After The Death Of Dr Rose Polge – Who Has A Duty Of Care To Doctors? by Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen   The UK media are reporting that a body found at the seaside in Dorset has been formally identified as that of missing junior doctor Rose Polge. The press had stated […]

The Psychology Behind The Brussels Terrorists

The Psychology Behind The Brussels Terrorists   by Raj Persaud and Peter Bruggen   The authorities have released pictures of men implicated in the Brussels bombings, one of whom is thought to be still at large. But does the current media analysis mislead as to who is ultimately responsible?   A new study, recently published […]