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by Jason Freeman,Daniel Freeman


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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

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.

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

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.

The essay takes in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, tabloid-newspaper fearmongering and a spiffy virtual-reality paranoia test, and ends by heartily recommending cognitive behavioural therapy. Still, I couldn't help wondering whether the book protested too much. Paranoia, the authors intone, "permeates our society, more than we've ever suspected and possibly more than ever before". Doesn't that sound a little, er, paranoid? Topics.

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.

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.

Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear. by. Daniel Freeman, Jason Freeman.

The 21st Century Fear. Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman. Terrorists, child abductors, muggers, delinquent teenagers, malicious colleagues. 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. The roll call of apparent dangers seems to increase by the day: muggers, child abductors, drug dealers, hoodied teenagers

Are we living in a uniquely paranoid age? Catalysed by the threat of terrorism, fears about others have reached a new intensity. 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.

One in four of us have regular paranoid thoughts

One in four of us have regular paranoid thoughts. And they explain why paranoia may be on the rise and, crucially, what we can do to tackle i. -BOOK JACKET.

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.

Comments: (3)

Nalme
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Arith
This is a brief review for a brief book. Interesting material, for the most part. They never answered the question posed at the outset : is paranoia on the increase? because they didn't find enough data before the last generation or two. Interesting that paranoia and immigration are linked on the broad sociological stage - not horribly surprising, but gives the idea some historical perspective. I had picked up the book because of a verse in Leviticus 26 that indicates paranoia is part of the judgment of God on a people (specifically Israel, in the bible). And the combination of judgments seemed to bear close resemblance to that which was quoted in the bible. Also, we are briefly introduced to a paranoid schizophrenic (Robert Chapman) who essentially cured his own paranoia by learning to view his fears objectively. Also interesting is the observation that mental illness occurs at a higher rate in urban areas than rural areas. Urbanization sees people thrown together yet more isolated from others than the typical farm community dwellers. Since paranoia (as the authors note) has a direct relationship to lack of trust, this is not surprising.

But where the book really falls down is its attempt to prescribe societal cures - mainly through redistribution of wealth and government programs. The very things that are markedly lacking in the rural environment are supposed to make life better in the urban? The authors are not economists - nor should they be. They are doing what they can to address an emotional tendency that leads some to outright instability and volatility - but to make recommendations that have far-reaching implications in other important ways (do we want bigger government? Will that solve our problems?) is at least missing the point and at worst very reckless. To be truly scientific, they might recommend a reversion to more pastoral ways - a more agriculturally centered life. Instead, we find another tendency in the social sciences to create more and bigger organizations to solve social problems.

The doctors are fine on the personal recommendations, but shouldn't be used to set government policy.
Sadaron above the Gods
This book really helped me put things in perspective. This book is a great read for everyone, even if you think you don't need any reading on paranoia, chances are that you have wasted your time in the past thinking about what others are discussing about you, about being mugged in the streets, and this book helps people put things in perspective.
Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear download epub
Medicine & Health Sciences
Author: Jason Freeman,Daniel Freeman
ISBN: 0199237506
Category: Other
Subcategory: Medicine & Health Sciences
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
Pages: 208 pages