Written & Compiled by Graham Davey
Papers from Sidcup
'Papers from Sidcup' refers to the caretaker in Harold Pinter's play of the same name who claims his future depends on him getting his 'papers from Sidcup' - but he can do this only when he gets a new pair of shoes.
I saw the play for the first time as a raw A Level student doing Eng Lit, and I was struck even then by the realization that most of the people I knew all claimed to be waiting for their ‘papers from Sidcup’. And when challenged about why they didn’t go and get their ‘papers from Sidcup’, they all explained they couldn’t do this because they needed ‘a new pair of shoes’.
That’s pretty much when my interest in psychology started.
Well, sometime on from that, this is my website. It conveys my views about psychology (very much my own), my research (almost invariably conducted with invaluable colleagues that I hope I've acknowledged fully), my books, my opinionated blogs, and just a little bit about myself
... and now I'm off to buy some new shoes!!
About the Author
Graham C. L. Davey, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. My research interests extend across mental health problems generally, and anxiety and worry specifically. To give you a sense of what an extremely aged geezer I am, I've published over 140 articles in scientific and professional journals and written or edited 16 books including Psychopathology; Clinical Psychology; Applied Psychology; Complete Psychology; Worrying & Psychological Disorders; Managing Anxiety With CBT for Dummies and Phobias: A Handbook of Theory, Research & Treatment (see My Published Books page).
I have served as President of the British Psychological Society, and am currently Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Experimental Psychopathology and Psychopathology Review.
When not writing about psychology I have the dubious distinction of supporting Leicester City F.C. - Oh, and I love eating curries (but I'm not yet quite so good at cooking them - but I'm sure I will be when I get my papers from Sidcup)!