Entries by Dr Raj Persaud from 01/2013

Pop Stars Posting Suggestive Photos on Twitter - Is Social Networking Making Narcissists of Us All?

| Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Tech

If narcissism is increasing, this is ominous for the mental health of future generations. It's associated with a strong sense of entitlement, which leads to unhappiness, through a sense of deprivation. Narcissists can't have proper deeper relationships because they merely seek to exploit others for their own ends - friends and lovers are always stepping stones to something better.

How Silence Fixed It for Jimmy Savile - The Yewtree Child Sex Abuse Police Investigation Must Guard Against the Backlash

| Posted 01.11.2013 | UK

Operation Yewtree represents an opportunity to transform forever the legal landscape so never again can a marauder such as this escape detection. What needs to change is an awareness that sexual abuse can be going on right under our noses without us realising.

Early Childhood Near Traffic Elevates Chances of Later Autism - Do Our Brains Need Protecting From the Modern World?

| Posted 01.16.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A team of researchers based at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California, report that mothers who live near higher road traffic pollution during their pregnancy, and for the first year of their baby's life, suffer elevated risk of later autism in those children.

What Does Lance Armstrong Reveal About the Psychology of Deception?

| Posted 01.18.2013 | UK Sport

Machiavellianism is measured by personality tests and so called 'high Machs' - those who score high on Machiavellianism - are strategic long-term planners. Lance Armstrong has become famous for his apparently altruistic work with cancer charities - this echoes Jimmy Savile's extensive similar charitable pursuits.

Do Armed Guards Prevent You From Being Shot?

| Posted 01.21.2013 | UK Politics

Greater awareness of the link between delusional fixations on public figures and subsequent attacks could aid prevention and encourage earlier intervention in people who, irrespective of whether they eventually attack, have delusional preoccupations which ruin their lives.

The World's Largest Opium Supplier, and the Truth Behind Drug Trafficking Death Sentences

| Posted 01.23.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Those in favour of capital punishment point out that if it's so obvious it's worse than life imprisonment, then this harsher consequence should logically be a stronger deterrent to criminals. This is a major justification for the death penalty.

Final Meals on Death Row Reveal New Thinking on Obesity

| Posted 01.25.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Perhaps a unique way of getting at the answer to this question - what our true consumption desires are - is to examine what people choose to eat for their last meal. What would you choose to eat if all concerns over your body image, cholesterol and mortality were removed completely?

What Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open Reveal About Mental Toughness

| Posted 01.28.2013 | UK Sport

Andy Murray won the first set of the 2013 Australian Open, but then went on to lose the final to Novak Djokovic. The match demonstrates that at this level of the game, it is mental toughness which determines the victor, not superior technical skill.