Understanding Paranoia

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

^IUnderstanding Paranoia^R is a collection of narrative accounts and therapeutic indications for paranoia. It is a good introduction for people who want information about this disease. It contains excellent descriptions and categorizations of what delusions generally are. It is a profitable psychological and clinical essay for therapists and paranoids themselves.

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Metapsychology

[T]his book is an important and useful work. It may be particularly beneficial to laypersons seeking to understand paranoid behavior and learn more about potential causes and treatments. It will also be helpful for clinicians who are relatively new to working with paranoid individuals….[t]his book is a valuable guide to several aspects of paranoia, and will likely be helpful to many clinicians sufferers, and family members.

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The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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 illnesses.

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Foreword

"Kantor assimilates existing texts and states his own views both firmly and without pretension, an excellent model for teaching and therapy….Nonprofessional readers will gain an understanding of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral diagnosis and treatment, along with clarification of various syndromes that mimic or disguise paranoia. Patients, family members, co-workers, and friends will benefit from practical advice illustrated with well-chosen examples. A unique treatment; highly recommended for all psychology collections and larger general libraries."

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Library Journal, Starred Review

As a psychological disorder, paranoia is oddly dualistic: psychiatrists and psychologists rely on technical definitions for the mental malady and laypeople have a socially agreed on sense of it. Readers will see both sides well represented here….This volume will be most useful for professionals, though faculty and students will appreciate the rich examples. Recommended. Professionals, general readers, and comprehensive academic collections.

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Library Journal
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 "Self-Help," with an encouraging emphasis on what can be done and how to do it. Kantor assimilates existing texts and states his own views both firmly and without pretension, an excellent model for teaching and therapy. He sees paranoia along a continuum from essentially normal vigilance to psychosis, asserting that most patients respond to sensitive, affirmative, unintrusive talk therapy. Nonprofessional readers will gain an understanding of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral diagnosis and treatment, along with clarification of various syndromes that mimic or disguise paranoia. Patients, family members, co-workers, and friends will benefit from practical advice illustrated with well-chosen examples. A unique treatment; highly recommended for all psychology collections and larger general libraries. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275981525
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 967,320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTIN KANTOR is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice in Boston and New York City. He served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Kantor is the author of 12 previous books, including Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorders in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Description 1
Ch. 1 Some prominent characteristics of paranoid individuals 3
Ch. 2 Delusional disorder 17
Ch. 3 Paranoid personality disorder 41
Ch. 4 The adverse ways paranoid individuals affect others 57
Ch. 5 Covert (hidden) and missed paranoia 61
Ch. 6 The gray area and the paranoia of everyday life 69
Ch. 7 Interpersonal-social aspects of paranoia/paranoid violence 79
Ch. 8 Forensic issues 91
Pt. II Cause 103
Ch. 9 The roles society and the family play in causing paranoia 105
Ch. 10 Psychodynamic causes 117
Ch. 11 Cognitive-behavioral causality 131
Pt. III Therapy 141
Ch. 12 Psychodynamic/interpersonal approaches 143
Ch. 13 Cognitive-behavioral therapy 151
Ch. 14 Affirmative psychotherapy 159
Ch. 15 Pharmacotherapy 167
Ch. 16 Therapeutic cautions, caveats, and errors 179
Ch. 17 Prognosis 189
Pt. IV Self-help 195
Ch. 18 Ways caretakers can deal effectively and supportively with the paranoid individuals in their lives 197
Ch. 19 Things to avoid doing with paranoid individuals 213
Ch. 20 Coping with one's own paranoia 225
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2005

    excellent study

    I wanted to express my agreement with the September 2005 review of Understanding Paranoia in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, that says, 'This book is an important and useful work...beneficial to laypersons...also helpful for clinicians...a valuable guide.' To me, that says it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2004

    Best book on the topic out there

    I am an avid fan of the work of Dr. Kantor. He consistently has a way of reaching his readers in a non-threatening conversational style, that takes you right to the heart of understanding even the most complex disorders. UNDERSTANDING PARANOIA is a brilliant and definitive guide for all of us. Whether we personally struggle with mild or more severe paranoia --or if we have family, friends,acquaintances or clients that are affected by this disorder---this book not only helps us understand the causes and descriptions, but it also gives us effective solutions which are readily available to all. Incredibly insightful book!

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