Aphorisms and their place in psychiatry


Aphorisms – or philosophical short sayings – appear everywhere, from Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to the Bible, Heraclitus to Nietzsche. Yet despite this ubiquity, the aphorism is the least studied literary form. In this podcast Professor Andrew Hui talks to Raj Persaud about his work on aphorisms, and explores how their use could be applied in a meaningful and helpful way when working with patients.


Date published: 21 June 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Andrew Hui

Audio running time: 37 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


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


  • what an aphorism is and how it differs from other short literary forms


  • how aphorisms should be used and interpreted


  • how they can potentially benefit patients with mental health difficulties.



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