Can delusions be explained? (RCPsych Congress 2015)


In this podcast, Professor Richard Bentall talks to Raj Persaud about the various theories of delusions, focusing on early attachment theories and so-called 'tricky' cases of delusions.


Date published: 21 December 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Richard Bentall

Audio running time: 26 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the relationship between biological and psychological theories of delusions


  • the Lafferty and Brievik cases discussed in the interview


  • the impact of early attachment deficits on the development of delusions


  • terror management theories.


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Podcast The history and psychology of delusions by Dr Joel Gold


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