Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear

Hardcover | November 23, 2008

byDaniel Freeman, Jason Freeman

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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 highlevels 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 theres 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 wereduce the amount of paranoia in our society? Co-written by one of the worlds 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 worldtoday.

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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 highlevels that CCTV cameras are required in every ...

Daniel Freeman is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and a consultant clinical psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He publishes prolifically in the leading international journals, makes regular keynote addresses at international conferences, and is an Associate Editor of...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 6.69 × 4.72 × 0.71 inPublished:November 23, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199237506

ISBN - 13:9780199237500

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. What is paranoia?3. Are paranoid fears increasing?4. The causes of paranoia: how we see ourselves and others5. How we feel inside6. How we reason7. Combating paranoia8. Conclusion

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"An absorbing, entertaining, and illuminating examination of one of the defining topics of our time."--Professor Aaron T. Beck, University of Philadelphia and President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy, USA