Biography of Niko Tiliopoulos
Niko was born Nikolaos Savvas Tiliopoulos on Tuesday 15 July 1969 at 6: 00 a.m., in the harbour city of Volos, on the central east coast of Greece. Coincidentally, his birthplace was also that of the Centaurs, Achilles, Jason, and Aeolus, the hanging out place of Aristotle, and the starting point of the Argonaut expedition. Niko, unfortunately or luckily perhaps, bears no resemblance to any of these ancient or mythical entities or events.
Niko started writing poetry since he could hold a pen, although his first attempts were, naturally, incomprehensible, as it would still be some time before he could write in proper words. Anyway, time went by, and Niko kept on writing poems and extending his creativity to stories, lyrics, songs, and symphonic music. One day, he won the first prize in the 1996 National Greek Poetry Competition, while the following year, he was short-listed for the National Greek Literature Prize (to this day, he still believes both distinctions were errors of judgement) .
By then, however, he had realised there were no employment benefits or money in poetry, or at least, in his poetry, so he shifted his attention to science, and went on to acquire a PhD (and some other non-rhyming titles, like BSc, MRes, and CSci) in the psychopathology of faith (!) from the (infamous) Koestler Parapsychology Unit of the Psychology Department at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
After many (unnecessary for some, including his mum) adventures in “exotic” lands and some naughty research in the Netherlands and Indonesia (and some 'quality' time in a Russian cell - but that is another story) , he settled down in Australia (for now) , where he is currently a senior lecturer in personality at the University of Sydney. Should you care, here is his official page - you will need to copy-paste the address on your browser:
During his hardcore scientific years, he had, more or less, forgotten his first love (no, not Katya; he never forgot her) , and it was his accidental drunken meeting with Gabriel Gárcia Márquez in Havana that fuelled back his passion for literature. Nowadays, whenever his mind is not entirely occupied with academic logic, Niko is still writing poetry. And he is still penniless.
Niko's photos (please copy-paste on your browser the following link)
Tiliopoulos, N., & Bikker, A. (2013) . A thematic comparison of religiosity profiles between Christians with low and high schizotypy. Mental Health, Religion & Culture,16,173-178.
Wai, M., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2012) . The affective & cognitive empathic nature of the Dark Triad of personality. Personality & Individual Differences,52,794-799.
Suryani, L.K., Lesmana, C.B.J., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2011) . Treating the untreated: Applying a community-based, culturally-sensitive psychiatric intervention to confined and physically restrained mentally ill individuals in Bali, Indonesia. European Archives of Psychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience,26 (2) ,140-144.
Boag, S. & Tiliopoulos, N. (Eds.) (2011) . Personality & individual differences: Theory, assessment, & applications. New York: Nova Science Pubs.
Hancock, L. & Tiliopoulos, N. (2010) . Religious attachment & schizotypal personality traits. Mental Health, Religion & Culture,13,261-265.
Lesmana, C.B.J., Suryani, L.K., Jensen, G.D., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2009) . A spiritual-hypnosis assisted therapy of children with PTSD after the 2002 Bali terrorist attack. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis,52,23-34.
Tiliopoulos, N., & Goodall, K. (2009) . The neglected link between adult attachment & schizotypal personality traits. Personality & Individual Differences,47,299-304.
Tiliopoulos, N. (2008) . The polar coordinate system of personality traits: A bold assertion. Proceeding of the 7th Australian Conference on Personality & Individual Differences,48.
Johnstone, J. & Tiliopoulos, N. (2008) . Exploring the relationship between schizotypal personality traits & religious attitude in an international Muslim sample. Archive for the Psychology of Religion,30,241-253.
Tiliopoulos, N., & Crawford, G. (2007) . Three-factor model of schizotypal personality in British Christians. Mental Health, Religion & Culture,10,563-569.
McVittie, C. D., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2007) . When 2 – 3 % really matters: The (un) importance of religiosity in psychotherapy. Mental Health, Religion & Culture,10,515-526.
Tiliopoulos, N., Bikker, A.P., Coxon, A.M., & Hawkins, P.K. (2007) . The means & ends of religiosity: A fresh look at Gordon Allport’s religious orientation dimensions. Personality & Individual Differences,42,1609-1620.
Tiliopoulos, N. & McVittie, C. (2007) . MMR, immunisation & parental decisions: A systematic review of behavioural predictors. In F., Anagnostopoulos & E. Karademas (Eds) , Special Issues in Health Psychology (pp.3-22) . Athens, Greece: Livani Publishing.
Crawford, G., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2006) . Religious & spiritual correlates of psychological health. Health Psychology Update,15,27-33.
McVittie, C. D., Harris, L., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2006) . 'I intend to donate but...': A comparison of UK blood donors & non-donors. Psychology, Health & Medicine,11,1-6.
Tiliopoulos, N., & McVittie, C. D. (2005) . Relevant to few, routine or incompatible: Marginalising religious beliefs in psychotherapy. Proceeding of the British Psychological Society,13(2) ,117.
Johnstone, J., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2005) . Attitudes towards Islam & schizotypal personalities. Proceeding of the British Psychological Society,13(2) ,112-113.
Edge, H., Suryani, L. K., Tiliopoulos, N., & Morris, R. (2005) . Two cognitive DMILS studies in Bali. Journal of Parapsychology,68,281-321.
Wilson, S., Morris, R. L., Tiliopoulos, N., & Pronto, E. (2005) . Psi & associational processes. Journal of Parapsychology,68,129-155.
Gellatly, J., McVittie, C. D., & Tiliopoulos, N. (2005) . To vaccinate or not to vaccinate: Three predictors of parents' decisions on MMR immunisation. Family Practice,22,658-662.
Edge, H., Suryani, L. K., Tiliopoulos, N., & Morris, R. (2003) . A DMILS study in a Non-EuroAmerican culture. Proceedings of Presented Papers: The Parapsychological Association 46th Annual Convention,49-67.
Tiliopoulos, N. (2003) . Psychological research: The ideas behind the methods. British Journal of Mathematical & Statistical Psychology,56,382-383.
Stefanowska, J., Tiliopoulos, N. S., Ipema, A. H., & Hendriks, M. M. W. B. (1999) . Dairy Cow Interactions with an Automatic Milking System starting with “Walk-Through” Selection. Applied Animal Behaviour Science,63,177-193.
Houwers, H. W. J., Tiliopoulos, N., & Haaksma, J. (1996) . Onbeperkt Perspulp voor Zeugen in een groep Technisch Mogelijk. Varkens,13,30-32.
Niko Tiliopoulos Poems
Don’t Go To Bali
Don’t go to Bali my friend. Even if the whales whistle you the way, even if the dolphins dance for you to stay,
Allow Me My Vices
Allow me my vices. I’m no saint and I ain’t no angel and many of my friends live in hell, so I might as well pay them a visit.
When you were young, the world was infinite, a great unknown of random possibilities, boundless potentials of impossible dreams, dreaming of love and hope in endless probabilities,
When I saw you sad, drowned inside your wet world, I believed that I could make your lips smile again.
I missed the Spring. I fell asleep under the shadows of my desires, with mandolin sounds for lullabies and my grandfather’s pipe,
A Content Analysis Of Dreams
There is a field, a land stained with memories, scattered like stardust, the tears of the night sky,
The voices were
Ceci N’ Est Pas Une Poème
This is the last week I see my reflection on your morning eyes. The last time I draw hope from the vibrations of your voice.
A certain formula on Carpe Diem’s site gives some swain people a fright, with its might and frank right and wrongs, it seems it belongs
Good Is What God Wills
On the night of the Barley moon he became a lost soul; dark matter in the whirlpool of creation; the dust of a burned-out star;
Of The Essence Of The Spirits (For Liek)
As our years go by the beers get dry and bitter, litre after litre of solid tears.
And thus I don’t know if I should write to you or cry. Cause when my sorrow drains, my final tear is shed,
That Bonny Lass
What can I write about her? I could use my feelings like myrrh, I could attempt my thoughts to spur, but I would err myself pointlessly,
A Rainy Evening In Kyoto
'The centre of all things zen' read the city guide in front of me. I summoned my soul and recited a mantra but the gods were still sad,
The colours in the Caribbean
are vividly optimistic,
fermenting their saturation
with salt, sand, rum, and rumba,
and the eternally blooming flowers,
feminine spirits embodied
in bronze, light, and scent,
flirting with a western dream,