Borderline: A Psychological Study of Paranoia and Delusional Thinking

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Psychology Press, 1992 - Medical - 181 pages
Borderline provides a study of the disturbed mind. Professional psychologist Peter Chadwick draws upon his own personal experience of madness to provide a exploration of the psychology of paranoia and schizophrenia. The book goes beyond a narrowly focused analytical approach to examine schizophrenia from as many perspectives as possible. Using participant observation, introspection, case study and experimental methods, Chadwick shows how paranoid and delusional thinking are only exaggerations of processes to be found in normal cognition. Impressed by the similarities between the thinking of mystics and psychotics, he argues that some forms of madness are closely related to profound mystical experience and intuition, but that these are expressed in a distorted form in the psychotic mind. He explores the many positive characteristics and capabilities of paranoid patients, providing a sympathetic account which balances the negative constructions usually put on paranoia in the research literature. Borderline provides many novel insights into madness and raises important questions as to how psychosis and psychotics are to be evaluated. psychotherapists, and students of religion and psychology.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CASE STUDIES AND THE CASE OF DAVID B
9
3 SHAFIQ
20
4 MYSTICISM DELUSION AND THE PARANORMAL
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5 THE ROUTE TO HELL AND BACK
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6 ALANA J
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7 CHRIS
64
8 ALISON
70
10 THE EXPERIMENTAL STUDY
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11 THE EXPERIMENTAL STUDY
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12 IMPLICATIONS FOR THERAPY
123
13 CONCLUSIONS AND GENERAL DISCUSSION
140
NOTES
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
156
NAME INDEX
171
SUBJECT INDEX
173

9 OVERVIEW AND REFLECTIONS ON THE CASE STUDIES
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