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(p. 205) Persecutory delusions and theory of mind: longstanding debates and emerging issues 

(p. 205) Persecutory delusions and theory of mind: longstanding debates and emerging issues
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(p. 205) Persecutory delusions and theory of mind: longstanding debates and emerging issues
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Rhiannon Corcoran

and Suzanne Kaiser

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199206315.003.0010
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date: 16 October 2018

This chapter begins with a definition of the term ’theory of mind’ (ToM) as it was originally used in association with psychosis, and go on to summarize and assess the arguments that were put forward about how and why this socio-cognitive skill may be linked with persecutory delusions (PD). This is followed by a presentation of key studies which have led to the present state of knowledge within what are now relatively longstanding debates about the relationship of ToM to PD. This will emphasize both what we know and what we still do not know. Some suggestions about how to take current debates forward are offered.

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