Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families, and Sufferers

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - Psychology - 252 pages
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In 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.

Paranoid individuals are not invariably social misfits. They are found in all walks of life and in all professions, suffering from this disorder that distorts behavior and affects those with whom they come in contact, often in devastating ways. Politicians who write attack ads, spouses who beat or kill their partners, people in road or supermarket rage incidents are all among the possibly paranoid, as are students who perpetrate violence at their schools and fired employees who wreak violence at their former workplaces. Recognizing and treating paranoid behaviors can prevent or reduce antisocial activity and violence against individuals and society.


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A certain amount of paranoia befits these anxious times. Explaining the condition to a broad, college-educated audience, psychiatrist Kantor (Distancing ) covers "Description," "Cause," "Therapy," and ... Read full review

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This book is a good acquisition for anybody; it will give the reader and inside reasoning and understanding of personalities and individual suffering of paranoid, a harmful mental condition that could affect each of us and it is the main reason of crimes. You will enjoy and learn!


Some Prominent Characteristics of Paranoid Individuals
Delusional Disorder
Paranoid Personality Disorder
The Adverse Ways Paranoid Individuals Affect Others
Covert Hidden and Missed Paranoia
The Gray Area and the Paranoia of Everyday Life
InterpersonalSocial Aspects of ParanoiaParanoid Violence
Forensic Issues
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Approaches
CognitiveBehavioral Therapy
Affirmative Psychotherapy
Therapeutic Cautions Caveats and Errors
Ways Caretakers Can Deal Effectively and Supportively with the Paranoid Individuals in Their Lives

The Roles Society and the Family Play in Causing Paranoia
Psychodynamic Causes
CognitiveBehavioral Causality
Things to Avoid Doing with Paranoid Individuals
Coping with Ones Own Paranoia

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About the author (2004)

Martin Kantor, MD, is a psychiatrist who has been in full-time private practice in Boston and New York and on the staffs of the Massachusetts General Hospital and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the author of thirteen other books on psychological topics, including a revised version of Distancing, which describes how people avoid relationships due to anxiety; Paranoia, which covers such disorders of the paranoid spectrum as paranoid personality disorder; Homophobia, which views homophobia as a manifestation of deep psychological problems; and Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men, which describes the form some common psychological difficulties take when they appear in homosexuals and offers some practical suggestions on how to modify psychotherapy to make it more relevant to, and palatable and affirmative for, gay men. My Guy, which offers single gay men some practical suggestions on how to meet the Mr. Right of their dreams, was published by Sourcebooks in 2002. His most recent work is an article on coping among victims of sexual prejudice and discrimination for a book on the psychology of prejudice and discrimination. He lives very quietly during the week with Michael, his partner of twenty-two years, in an apartment in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and reverse-commutes to New York City on Weekends.

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