Here is the full transcript of psychiatrist Raj Persaud’s TEDx Talk presentation on The Psychology of Seduction at TEDxUniversityofBristol conference. Rajendra Persaud, also known as Raj Persaud is an English consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and author of popular books about psychiatry.
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What’s the one decision that you are going to make in your life that’s going to determine your future mental health, happiness and well-being more than any other decision you’re going to make? Well, that decision is who you choose to marry. Or put another way, who you choose to enter into a long-term, committed monogamous relationship. If you get that decision wrong, and you end up with the wrong person, then that’s going to cause you more unhappiness and distress than any other decision in your life. In fact, it’s going to be so bad that you might as well get a season ticket to my psychiatric clinic.
Now, the survey data suggests that around the world 99% of the population desire a single committed, monogamous long-term relationship. It’s something that everyone wants, so how to get that decision right is extremely important. There are many different aspects of that decision we could discuss – we could talk, for example, about how to know when you’ve met the right person. But because it’s a big and complicated subject I’m going to focus just on one aspect in the short time I’ve got to talk to you today. And that aspect is going to be: how to seduce. Or to put it in more common British parlance: how to pull.