I would emphasise that psychiatry has important links with all arts, especially opera and literature. Understanding ‘bizarre’ behaviour of human beings through the arts is an effective way to integrate psychodynamic understanding.
Theatre is one of the greatest achievements of the human spirit. It combines storytelling with the concrete expression and enactment of the action. It uses language, music, dance, dress, props, and lighting to create an illusion and to influence the emotional life of the audience. It is singularly the most exacting and thrilling of the arts. Mental life is its source and its nourishment.
Professor Femi Oyebode (@FemiMind) is an internationally renowned practising Professor of psychiatry medicine at the University of Birmingham in the UK, specialising in psychopathology. He has been featured on BBC Radio 4 (Audio) and has published in many renowned scientific journals.
He blogs regularly at Mindreadings (Femi Oyebode’s musings), where he writes on issues of interest and makes use of beautiful pictures to visualise his writings and simplify his thoughts to the general public. He’s very poetic with his writings on his blog and he randomly drifts in and out on issues seamlessly, attaining that level of writing that can only be achieved by someone who specialises in the readings and understanding of the human mind.
He has published widely on the relationship between literature and psychiatry. His research interests include descriptive psychopathology and delusional mis-identification syndromes. He is also a poet and literary critic.
His book “Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind: Textbook of Descriptive Psychopathology: With Expert Consult access, 5e” has been described as:
…an essential tool for trainees and indeed everyone interested in understanding symptoms which we meet in others…this book has attained iconic status…
Bed time reading.
Epitomising Professor Oyebode’s ability to simplify complex subjects.
In the first part of this conversation, we covered many things, including:
- Professor Oyebode’s undergraduate years at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria
- Specialising in psychiatry medicine
- The link between psychiatry medicine and literature
- The role of culture and language in psychopathology
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