Paranoia: The Psychology of Persecutory Delusions, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover


The Psychology of Persecutory Delusions, 1st Edition

By Daniel Freeman, Philippa A. Garety

Psychology Press

208 pages

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Paranoia is the suspicion that other intend to cause you harm. It is a common experience in the general population, though often overlooked. In its most severe form, paranoia occurs as persecutory delusions.

Paranoia, written by leading researchers in this field, is the first cognitive psychology book to have persecutory delusions as its focus. Scholarly, comprehensive and illustrated by clinical examples throughout, this study defines the phenomena in detail and analyses the content of persecutory delusions. It reviews previous psychological writings, explores the relationship between psychosis and neurosis, reports on innovative empirical studies with patients, and highlights future essential research directions.

Paranoia outlines a new theoretical model of the formation and maintenance of persecutory delusions, providing an excellent guide to this important clinical topic. It will be of great interest and use to all psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who work in this field.


This volume represents a major step forward in advancing the understanding of delusions. - From the foreword by Aaron T. Beck

Table of Contents

Persecutory Delusions. Emotion and Delusion. Delusion Content and Emotional Distress. Delusions and Disconfirmatory Evidence. Hypervigilance. Meta-cognitive Processes. A Cognitive Model of Persecutory Delusions. Researching Delusions. Appendix 1: Details of Threat Questionnaire. Appendix 2: The Safety Behaviours Questionnaire

About the Authors

Daniel Freeman is Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and Honorary Clinical Psychologist, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Philippa A. Garety is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trust Head of Psychology, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

About the Series

Maudsley Series

Henry Maudsley, founder of the Maudsley Hospital, was the most prominent English psychiatrist of his generation.

The Maudsley Hospital was united with the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1948 and its medical school renamed the Institute of Psychiatry. It is now entrusted with the duty of advancing psychiatry by teaching and research. The South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Trust, together with the Institute of Psychiatry, are jointly known as The Maudsley.

The monograph series reports work carried out at The Maudsley. Some of the monographs are directly concerned with clinical problems; others, less obviously relevant, are in scientific fields that are cultivated for the furtherance of psychiatry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health