"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
Terrorists, child abductors, muggers, delinquent teenagers, malicious colleagues . . . Who wouldnt be worried? The world can be a dangerous place, for sure. But have we lost the knack of judging risk? Are we letting paranoia get the better of us? In this entertaining and thought-provoking book, based on the most up-to-date scientific research, Daniel and Jason Freeman highlight just how prominent paranoia is today. One in four of us have regular paranoid thoughts. The authors analyse the causes of paranoia, identifying the social and cultural factors that seem to be skewing the way we think and feel about the world around us. And they explain why paranoia may be on the rise and, crucially, what we can do to tackle it. Witty, clear, and compelling, Paranoia takes us beyond the tabloid headlines to pinpoint the real menace at the heart of twenty-first century culture.
About the Author
Dr, Daniel Freeman is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, and a consultant clinical psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is one of the worlds leading researchers on paranoia, publishing in the major psychiatry and psychology journals. Jason Freeman is a writer and editor. Together with Daniel Freeman and Philippa Garety, he is co-author of Overcoming Paranoid and Suspicious Thoughts, the first self-help book for people affected by suspicious thoughts.