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(p. 143) The role of self-esteem in paranoid delusions: the psychology, neurophysiology, and development of persecutory beliefs 

(p. 143) The role of self-esteem in paranoid delusions: the psychology, neurophysiology, and development of persecutory beliefs
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(p. 143) The role of self-esteem in paranoid delusions: the psychology, neurophysiology, and development of persecutory beliefs
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Richard P. Bentall

, Peter Kinderman

, and Michael Moutoussis

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199206315.003.0008
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date: 16 October 2018

This chapter argues that paranoid thinking is so ubiquitousbecause it reflects common preoccupations about self-worth, and thatself-esteem therefore plays a central role in this kind of experience. On thisargument, abnormal self-esteem plays a causal role in the extreme formsof paranoia observed in psychiatric patients. Before proceeding to examinethe evidence for this proposition, however, it first addresses some definitionalissues.

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