The history and psychology of delusions


The current view of delusions is that they are the result of biology gone awry; in contrast, New York psychiatrist Joel Gold argues that delusions are the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world. In this podcast Raj Persaud talks to Dr Gold about his theory and explores the role of the social world in the development of psychosis.


Date published: 05 June 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Joel Gold

Audio running time: 30 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


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


  • Dr Gold's theory about delusions and the changing social world


  • the complex nature of delusions and the various grey areas


  • the challenges faced by psychiatrists treating people with extreme delusions


  • the ways in which psychiatrists could better engage with and treat such patients.


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