Professor Steve Peters
MBBS MRCPsych BA PGCE MEd (medical) Dip. Sports Med. Consultant Psychiatrist / Undergraduate Dean Sheffield Medical School.
Professor Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind. His work, past and present, in the field of psychiatry and education includes: the National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years; Clinical Director of Mental Health Services; Clinical Director at Bassetlaw Hospital; Forensic Psychiatrist at Rampton; Senior Clinical Lecturer of Medicine at Sheffield University for over 20 years; Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield University for over 10 years; and visiting Professor at Derby University. He holds degrees, higher degrees and postgraduate qualifications in medicine, mathematics, education, medical education, sports medicine and psychiatry.
Professor Peters has clients across a wide range of disciplines from health and education to business and elite sport, and he also works with members of the public. In all areas, he helps people to understand how the mind works, gain insight into their own unique mind and situation, and then develop skills to optimise individual performance and quality of life.
Clients, past and present, include: NHS organisations, the emergency services, schools and universities, national and Olympic teams, British Cycling, GB Taekwondo, England Rugby, England Football, Liverpool Football Club, British Swimming, UK Track and Field, Sky ProCycling, Masters Golf and World Snooker. Sir Chris Hoy, Steven Gerrard, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Victoria Pendleton, Anne-Marie and Guy Martin have all spoken or written publically about how Professor Peters’s unique model has helped them improve their performance.
Professor Peters is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is on the College Membership Panel for examinations. He acted as a member of the Therapeutic Use Exemption Panel for UK Sport for over ten years and has been an expert witness to WADA (World Anti-doping Agency).
He is Chair of the Anti-Doping and Medical Committee for World Masters Athletics and is the CEO of his own charitable company, Chimp Management. He is also the author of the bestselling personal development book The Chimp Paradox which has sold nearly 1 million copies since it was first published in 2012.
For fun, Steve competes in track and field athletics and has held multiple World Masters Champion titles and world records over the 100, 200 and 400 metres.
Books by Professor Steve Peters
Dr Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:
- Recognise how your mind is working
- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be
The Silent Guides is a companion book to My Hidden Chimp.
During our childhood, we learn to manage emotions and thinking by developing coping strategies. These strategies, whether helpful or unhelpful, often progress into habits for life – our Silent Guides. The book explores some neuroscience and psychological aspects of the developing mind, unconscious thinking, behaviours, habit formation and related topics in an easy to understand way. It then offers practical ideas and thoughts for the reader to reflect on using 10 helpful habits as examples
My Hidden Chimp is an educational book for children to work through with an adult or by themselves. The book offers parents, teachers and carers some ideas and thoughts on how to help children to develop healthy habits for life.
The science behind the habits is discussed in a practical way with exercises and activities. The neuroscience of the mind is simplified for the children to understand and then use to their advantage.