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Description - Paranoia by Daniel Freeman

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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199237500
ISBN-10: 0199237506
Format: Hardback
(178mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Daniel Freeman

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 the British Journal of Clinical Psychology. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, specialising in experimental psychology, and has completed doctorates in psychology and clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is a co-author of the first self-help book for people affected by suspicious thoughts Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts (Freeman, D., Freeman, J., & Garety, P.; Robinson Constable; 2006). Jason Freeman is a freelance writer and editor working in the areas of popular psychology and self-help, film, and children's fiction. He is the co-author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts.

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