Raj Persaud in conversation - the podcasts
'The Deepest Human Life - Introduction To Philosophy for Everyone'

Dr Raj Persaud in conversation with Scott Samuelson author of 'The Deepest Human Life - An Introduction To Philosophy for Everyone'


The Deepest Human Life


The Deepest Human Life
 Sometimes it seems like you need a PhD just to open a book of philosophy. We leave philosophical matters to the philosophers in the same way that we leave science to scientists. Scott Samuelson thinks this is tragic, for our lives as well as for philosophy. In The Deepest Human Life he takes philosophy back from the specialists and restores it to its proper place at the center of our humanity, rediscovering it as our most profound effort toward understanding, as a way of life that anyone can live. 

Parenting a psychotic person. The mum of someone with psychosis speaks

Dr Raj Persaud talks to a mother of someone with a psychotic illness

What's it like to be a mother of someone with severe mental health difficulties? Mary speaks about her experiences with Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud

Jack The Ripper's Shrink. The Psychiatrist of Jack the Ripper?

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Fiona Subotsky - the Psychiatrist of Jack the Ripper?

Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Fiona Subotsky, an eminent Child and Adolescent UK Psychiatrist, with an interest in the History of Psychiatry and an archivist to the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She has researched the famous 19th Century series of gruesome murders which were committed in the area surrounding where the Royal College of Psychiatrists has just moved to, in the East End of London. In particular has analysed a psychiatrist who became prominent for claiming to have diagnosed and identified Jack the Ripper.

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True Iraqi Body Count. How many Iraqis died in the war?
Dr Raj Persaud in conversation with Amy Hagopian - How many Iraqis died in the war?
Amy Hagopian is an academic based at the University of Washington and is lead author of the very latest research paper trying to measure how many people have died in Iraq as a result of the conflict there. For more information on this important study: 
In this interview with Raj Persaud she discusses how given the mental and physical health implications of war, doctors and health workers should be campaigning against war. She also explains the methodology behind this kind of rigorous survey and why her results are so different from alternative sources of information such as the Iraq Body Count.
For an in-depth article analysing the issue go here:
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The nature of terror. The Evolution of Trauma - the nature of Terror

Dr Raj Persaud in Conversation with Dr Chris Cantor - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Evolutionary Perspectives


Cantor and Price argue in their study entitled, ‘Traumatic entrapment, appeasement and complex post-traumatic stress disorder: evolutionary perspectives of hostage reactions, domestic abuse and the Stockholm syndrome’ that we switch into appeasement as a survival mechanism when held in captivity. They suggest that this basic response may be hardwired into our brains and therefore could possibly be even beyond our control, so victims should not be condemned for exhibiting this response.

Appeasement comprises pacification, conciliation and submission. Appeasement serves a de-escalating function in dangerous situations, subordinates using appeasement suspend efforts to win conflicts, thereby decreasing the often fatal costs of losing.

After being attacked, monkeys and apes tend to turn to the attacker for comfort and safety, which is referred to as ‘reverted escape’, because after fleeing from the attack the attacked animal returns, or reverts, to the attacker, rather than turning to another member of the group for succour. Appeasement appears widespread in the animal kingdom – for example dogs submit by rolling on their backs like puppies.

Submission is so widespread as a strategy that it probably promotes survival, so the transmission of genes for appeasement now makes evolutionary sense.

For an article on this subject go here:

Traumatic Entrapment and the link with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Explained

Modern Slavery. The psychology of modern day slavery

Raj Persaud in conversation with Dr Chris Cantor on the psychology of modern day slavery 


Three women rescued from horrific conditions after allegedly being held as slaves for 30 years, are described by the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit as ‘highly traumatised’.

What these women must have gone through may appear unimaginable, but psychiatrists refer to this as ‘traumatic entrapment’, defined as repeated trauma arising from a state of captivity, where the victim is unable to flee, under the prolonged and complete control of a perpetrator.

Only through understanding the peculiar psychology of ‘traumatic entrapment’ can the mystery of how victims can be captive for so long in the middle of a modern city be unravelled.

Chris Cantor and John Price, psychiatrists based in Australia and the UK have published an investigation into the phenomenon, arguing the key to the enigma is an ‘appeasement’ reaction. This is hard wired into our genes and biology, and kicks in during these kinds of extraordinary circumstances. This peculiar and counterintuitive appeasement reaction, fundamentally contributes to survival.

For an article on this see here:

Psychology of Traumatic Entrapment

Vicky Pryce on Prisons. Vicky Pryce - what's it like to find yourself in Prison?

Raj Persaud in conversation with Vicky Pryce - what is it like to find yourself in Prison?

Prisonomics – behind bars in Britain’s failing prisons

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Vicky Pryce, former joint head of the government’s Economic Services, who’s recently written a book entitled ‘Prisonomics – behind bars in Britain’s failing prisons’. Here, Vicky outlines her experiences and observations of her recent spell behind bars.



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Post-Natal Depression Part 1. Fay developed severe Post-Natal Depression

Raj Persaud talks to Fay who developed severe Post-Natal Depression

Is it possible that the pressure on young mums to breast feed contributes to post natal depression? Raj Persaud discusses this and other possible causes of Post Natal Depression with Fay who suffered from the condition.

Headstarters Part 1 - Young Psychiatrists speak out.

Headstarters Part 1 - Dr Raj Persaud in conversation with young psychiatrists

Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud in conversation with young psychiatrists on what its like to choose this speciality as a career in medicine.

Could Bibliotherapy help you?

Dr Raj Persaud talks to Jennifer Strickland and Julia Walker about Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy uses books, fiction, short stories, poetry, fragments, readings, quotes and texts to help people with mental health difficulties. So how does it work and how could you go about getting yourself a bit of bibliotherapy?


Jennifer Strickland 


Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience working in mental

health in a variety of settings, including acute, forensics and day services. Due

to the growing demand for bibliotherapy, funding was secured for a 2 year

project to help deliver and develop bibliotherapy in Kirklees Libraries. She has

always been passionate about literature and the power of the written word,

having seen the benefits of it whilst working with elderly clients.


Julie Walker, Bibliotherapist, Kirklees Libraries


Julie has been working in reader development and bibliotherapy for

14 years. She is a former psychiatric community nurse, adult education

tutor working in areas of social exclusion and was reader-in-residence

at Wakefield Prison for 18 months. Since Julie learnt to read she seriously

thinks that there has not been a day that’s passed when she hasn’t read

a book. Julie will be talking about the benefits of bibliotherapy, it’s relevance for

improving outcomes for people with mental health and wellbeing issues,

advocacy and partnerships.