Steve Peters (psychiatrist)

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Steve Peters is an English sports psychiatrist.


Peters was born in 1953/4[1][2] in Middlesbrough, attended the local grammar school, read maths at Stirling University and taught for eight years.[3]

He then returned to university to read medicine at St Mary's University, Twickenham. From 1993 to 2005 he worked with people with serious personality disorders at Rampton high-security hospital.[4] He has lectured at Sheffield University since 1994.

Peters holds degrees in Mathematics, Medicine and Medical Education (Masters) and postgraduate qualifications in Sports Medicine, Education and Psychiatry. He is a member of the Royal College and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations. He is a member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport.[5]

Sports involvements[edit]

In 2001 a former student at Sheffield recommended Peters to the British Cycling team, and he moved from part-time to full-time work with the team in 2005.[6] Particular Olympic cyclists he helped include Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. Sir Dave Brailsford has described Peters as "the best appointment I've ever made."[7] Peters stepped down from his role with British Cycling in April 2014 when Brailsford left his position as Performance Director.[8]

Peters worked very successfully with Ronnie O'Sullivan, helping him win his 4th and 5th World Snooker titles in 2012 and 2013 respectively.[9]

After the 2012 Olympics Peters was appointed by UK Athletics to work with the country's high performance athletes.[10]

From November 2012 Peters has worked with Liverpool F.C..[11] In March 2014 he was recruited to help the England National Football Team.[12]

The Chimp Paradox Model – "Managing the Chimp"[edit]

Peters created a mind model for teaching people to understand how the mind works in practice to maximise sports performance. The Chimp Model is explained in general terms in his book The Chimp Paradox and focuses on everyday personal mind management, not just sports performance. This includes Peters separation of human mental function between the rational side of the brain or ego, the more emotional id or 'chimp' set of impulses which need to be managed to achieve high performance, and the super-ego or computer which governs automatic behaviour and memory and can greatly influence both.[13]

Peters claims that the brains of men and women are different, giving rise to different behaviours or behavioural tendencies.[14]

Personal sports activity[edit]

In later life Peters has competed in athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion Titles and World Records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres.[15]

Personal philosophy[edit]

Peters has talked about happiness, and quality of life, as key life goals.[16]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Douglas, Mark (27 March 2013). "Interview: Psychiatrist Steve Peters on the biggest names in sport". The Journal. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Matt Majendie (17 November 2011). "The brains behind our mind games – Sport – London Evening Standard". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zen Forum International • View topic – Dr Steve Peters' 'Inner Chimp' & the Buddhist 'Monkey Mind'". 14 May 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "BBC Sport – Roy Hodgson recruits psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for England". 4 March 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Dr. Steve Peters shares training secret: Just speed it". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Pro Cycling | Team | Team Psychiatrist". Team Sky. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Fotheringham, William (11 April 2014). "British Cycling confirms Sir Dave Brailsford's decision to step aside". Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "BBC Sport – Ronnie O'Sullivan: Luis Suarez will benefit from Dr Steve Peters's help". 1 May 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Hart, Simon (24 October 2012). "Dr Steve Peters given role of improving British athletes' mindset – especially our poor relay teams". Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Pearce, James (24 November 2012). "Liverpool FC appoint top-rated sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport – Roy Hodgson recruits psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters for England". 4 March 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  13. ^ The Chimp Paradox was published in January 2012 by Vermilion
  14. ^ Retrieved 3 November 2013
  15. ^ "Dr. Steve Peters shares training secret: Just speed it". Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dr. Steve Peters – The Chimp Paradox. Interview Macs Magazine". YouTube. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014.