THE PSYCHOLOJIST PODCAST
The Psycholojist is an exciting new web series, hosted by our Partnerships Director Deji, in which he invites Black psychologists and mental health practitioners to debate thought-provoking topics on human behaviour central to our community, along with themes referenced within pop culture.
Topics are interpreted through various theories within psychology, and range from discussions on the psychology of education and trust, growing up within African parents, and the impact of social media.
The series was create to give our colleagues within psychology and the mental health field an opportunity to share their knowledge, interest areas and diversity of thought to the wider audience.
Episode 7: The Psychology Behind Education
For the final episode of this season, BIPP Directors Dej and Idriss sit down with Jason Shonibare, an Educational Psychologist, to discuss the experiences of Black children in the UK education system. They explore potential barriers to Black children's academic achievement, as well as the notorious school to pupil referral unit and prison pipeline. The episode ends with a reflection on methods to support Black pupils to navigate school life.
Episode 6: The Psychology Behind African Parenting
Deji and his friend Sheikh discuss being raised by African parents with fellow BIPP Director, and Clinical Psychologist, Sarah Atayero. The conversation delves into African parents' belief systems, sibling rivalary and the advantages and disadvantages of being raised in an Afrocentric household.
Episode 3: The Psychology Behind Social Media
Social media is a big part of most people’s lives, and it has already been proven it has huge implications for personality development and mental health. Dive into this impactful conversation around the broad topic of social media and its effect on our mind with three frequent social media users. Deji sits down with founders of popular social media platforms who produce social media content around mental health and wellbeing. Sharing their perspective on using social media as a content producer and consumer, Deji and guests help us examine why we engage with social media. As social media continues to become a major part of our lives and identity, the hosts also engage us in a stimulating conversation around the ‘virtual self’ and the ‘real self’.
Episode 2: The Psychology Behind PTSD (in the ends)
Join three mental health practitioners as they discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by Black people in inner city London. Deji sits down with Nessa (Psychological Therapist) and Ron (Trainee Clinical Psychologist), all of whom grew up in the ‘the ends’, also known as inner city London estates. The hosts provide a captivating discussion around vicarious/communal trauma, providing the audience with unique takes on their understanding of PTSD and its detrimental impact. They also explore solutions to the problems raised and stress that young black men who are gang entrenched, are often suffering from undiagnosed PTSD.
Episode 1: The Psychology Behind Trust
This episode explores the Psychology behind trust with three black men, all working within the field of Psychology. In decoding our understanding of trust, the Deji and guests question whether the concept of trust is relative or absolute as well as exploring feelings attached with being on both sides of broken trust. Considering the impact of adverse childhood experiences on our ability to be trusting in adulthood, they introduce a psychological theory of trust to spark interesting discourse around the components of trust and whether it can be rebuilt. Although the topic is complex and can only be explored at surface level within a 40 minute conversation, the hosts generate interesting insights around different components of trust and leave the audience with introspective questions such as ‘Do you trust yourself?’