Understanding Paranoia by Martin KantorIn this insightful book, the author vividly takes the reader inside the minds of people who are paranoid: experiencing delusions of persecution ranging from thinking others are out to get them to falsely believing they have physical illness. Kantor also explains to us other facets of the Paranoid Personality, including suspiciousness, hypersensitivity, extreme vigilance, simmering anger, and a tendency to blame others for and absolve oneself of almost everything. How does such paranoia affect one's life? Whether one is a paranoiac wanting to recover from the emotional disorder, or a person looking for the best way to deal with a paranoid husband, wife, friend, boss, or acquaintance, this book offers understanding and guidance. As Kantor explains, the term paranoid should not be used as a hurtful epithet. Paranoid individuals are no more or less evil than persons with any other emotional disorder, or for that matter, persons with a physical disorder. Paranoia is a disorder of the mind, not a flaw of character, says Kantor.
Call Number: RC520.K36 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Paranoia by Daniel Freeman; Jason FreemanParanoia is as common as depression, but most of us know little about it. Drawing on the latest scientific research, this accessible book answers the key questions about paranoia - from how we can deal with it, to whether we living in a uniquely paranoid age - and highlights for the first time the central role of paranoia in our world today. - ;Are we living in a uniquely paranoid age? Catalysed by the threat of terrorism, fears about others have reached a new intensity. The roll call of apparent dangers seems to increase by the day: muggers, child abductors, drug dealers, hoodied teenagers. Crime has apparently reached such high levels that CCTV cameras are required in every town centre, and parents are so fearful that many children never go out alone. Until recently, no one suspected just how common paranoia was. But new research suggests that around a quarter of us have regular paranoid thoughts, and probably lots more have them occasionally. Paranoia is so prevalent that there>'s a very good chance that all of us will, at some point in our lives, be among the 25%. Yet, although paranoia is as common as depression or anxiety, most of us know almost nothing about it. What is paranoia? What causes it? Are some people more prone to paranoia than others? Are we more paranoid now than we used to be? How should we deal with our paranoid thoughts? And how can we reduce the amount of paranoia in our society? Co-written by one of the world>'s leading psychologists of paranoia, and drawing on the latest scientific research, this lively and accessible book. answers these key questions, highlighting for the first time the central role of paranoia in our world today. - ;Wide-ranging, up-to-date and enjoyable, it is a must-read for anyone curious about human psychology and modern life. - Professor Richard Bentall, Bangor University;An absorbing, entertaining, and illuminating examination of one of the defining topics of the age. - Professor Aaron T. Beck, University of Philadelphia and President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy.