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Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
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Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness [Format Kindle]

Joel Gold , Ian Gold

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“Incisive [and] insightful. . . . [C]lear, witty, and engaging. . . . [T]he brothers Gold propose an intriguing new hypothesis to account for delusions: a malfunctioning “Suspicion System,” in which the cognitive system that has evolved to alert us to possible danger breaks down, becoming so overloaded by an abundance of real and perceived external threats that it can no longer discriminate between justifiable wariness and paranoia.” (The Boston Globe)

"Suspicious Minds is an important book. It's sharp, compassionate and incredibly well researched. It gives a window into current psychiatric debates, and it builds toward a theory that is at least plausible and definitely thought provoking." (The Globe and Mail)

"Evidently, [the Gold brothers] hypothesize in a droll Oliver Sacksian tone, culture has a great deal of influence on trends in madness." (The Village Voice)

"A fascinating and intimate portrait of psychosis." (Scientific American)

"Juxtaposing recent research on schizophrenia with page-turning case studies of these paranoid patients, the Golds argue that psychotic delusions (not to mention mesmeric movie plots) are the result of interactions between the brain and the sociocultural world, and they bring to light the discipline-altering fact that culture has a role to play in the development of psychopathology generally. . . . [A] contrarian, insightful, and important book. . . . [Gold and Gold's] analysis of culture-linked paranoia comprises an effective argument that our seemingly endless struggle to align our society with our more enlightened ideals may be a fight for our very minds." (The New Republic)

Suspicious Minds offers lessons to anyone interested in the complexity of the mental health field’s future.” (New York Post)

"The Golds reveal how the categories of delusion map onto the social world, and they raise questions about the future of madness in a social world that’s gone global in the age of the Internet. The result is a view that breaks the bonds of contemporary psychiatry by showing that madness is as much a social disease as it is biological." (The Philadelphia Tribune)

"A provocative new perspective on the diagnosis, and therefore treatment, of mental illness." (Kirkus Reviews)

“This remarkable book isn’t just a crash course in delusions, which would be interesting enough. It’s a history of psychiatry, a thriller, an expose of dubious brain science, a collection of fascinating and heartbreaking mini-biographies, and a warning about the fragmentation of modern life.” (A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically)

"A compulsively readable and unexpectedly entertaining book that stands as a needed corrective to a purely biological explanation for mental illness. By emphasizing the cultural vector for madness, the Gold brothers reveal their compassionate understanding of both the sick and the sane—and the surprisingly porous border between those two states." (John Colapinto, author of As Nature Made Him and a staff writer at The New Yorker)

“A powerful and engaging examination of how insanity is molded by culture. Pithy, insightful, and engrossing.” (Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine)

"An excellent portrayal of delusions and madness, well written, well researched and exciting to read. Written by experts in the field, I highly recommend this book to all those who want a deeper understanding of the mind and how it works." (Benjamin Sadock, MD, Menas S Gregory Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine)

“The book provides a bracing insight into the natural hidden camera apprehensions of our era, through the eyes of the most vulnerable among us. Artists, videographers and writers interested in the philosophy of the digital era will want to place Suspicious Minds on their nightstands.” (The Times-Picayune)

Pr??sentation de l'??diteur

What if you woke up with the alarming suspicion that you were being watched?

One day in 2003, a patient unlike any other that Dr. Joel Gold had seen before was admitted to his unit at Bellevue Hospital. This man claimed he was being filmed constantly and that his life was being broadcast around the world like The Truman Show—the 1998 film depicting a man who is unknowingly living out his life as the star of a popular soap opera. Over the next few years, Dr. Gold saw a number of patients suffering from what he and his brother, Dr. Ian Gold, began calling the “Truman Show delusion,” launching them on a quest to understand the nature of this particular phenomenon, of delusions more generally, and of madness itself.

The current view of delusions is that they are the result of biology gone awry, of neurons in the brain misfiring. In contrast, the Golds argue that delusions are the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world. By exploring the major categories of delusion through fascinating case studies and marshaling the latest research in schizophrenia, the brothers reveal the role of culture and the social world in the development of psychosis—delusions in particular. Suspicious Minds presents a groundbreaking new vision of just how dramatically our surroundings can influence our brains.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Succinct Study of the Delusional Mind 24 juillet 2014
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Joel and Ian Gold worked painstakingly to deliver Suspicious Minds. I was happy to find that they reference the work of Sander Gilman, who until now, thought to be the only person to offer a comprehensive look at how culture shapes madness, in Seeing the Insane. In this book, readers will find true stories and tales of research of the human mind. Most importantly, the Golds explore the way neuroscience, society and biology intersect as they explore the concept of the "Truman Show Delusion."

This book paints an accurate picture of the so-called delusional brain. It is almost like taking a crash course into psychiatry, but it also delves into history in a more thrilling tone than other non-fiction books. This makes sense, considering that the two authors are an attending psychiatrist and a psychiatric researcher.

According to Joel and Ian Gold, delusions go back "nearly as far as the written records of human civilization," and yet we still know so little about them. In fact, Mesopotamians and Babylonians viewed madness as a punishment for something done wrong; they harbored little sympathy for those ailing.

If you enjoy Suspicious Minds, you might also enjoy reading about the psychology behind animal minds. Many psychology fans recommend Laurel Braitman's Animal Madness, a study into the lives of anxious and compulsive animals throughout history. Both books paint accurate pictures of the world of psychology.

Finally, this book is succinct and easy to read as it offers such refreshing insight into the world of early psychiatry. It is easily accessible and entertaining enough to include on any psych bookshelf.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Magisterial Work 21 juillet 2014
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Surprising for a non-fiction book dealing with medical/psychological matters, you might find Suspicious Minds difficult to put down once you begin reading. It’s a truly masterful accomplishment -- of depth, substance, and courageously proferred (yes, the naysayers are out there waiting to pounce) opinions, all backed by vast erudition, clinical experience, and sound judgment. A historical overview of madness and psychosis, together with theories and treatments thereof, precedes the presentation of an original theory of mind the authors call the Suspicion System. The theory goes a long way toward explaining the fact that though delusions are a not an uncommon psychological experience, only a select few types of delusion are seen. The “Truman delusion,” named after the film with a similar theme, in which you’re unknowingly being televised for a reality show, is an example. The book is beautifully written -- informal and sparkling when it wants to be, scholarly and solemn when it needs to be. The case histories are superb narratives, each a self-contained, wickedly interesting short story; the theoretical accounts are models of expository prose. Suspicious Minds is a magisterial work, sure to be consulted long after an initial run through.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating 20 juillet 2014
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Incredible insight into how modern culture influences mental health and paranoid delusions. Must read for amateurs and academics alike. The writing style is very accessible and the case histories are fascinating. It also doesn't take itself too seriously. If you're a fan of Oliver Sacks you'll definitely find this book interesting as well, and in many ways more satisfying as it digs deeper and reveals brand new insights into how the outer world can influence psychosis.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is a gem! 24 juillet 2014
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I have been trying to find information about historical attitudes towards and treatments of schizophrenia, and this book is by far the best resource I have found. While some have claimed that schizophrenia did not exist prior to the Industrial Age, these authors do a great job of cataloging the manifestations of delusions throughout the ages and across cultures. The book manages to be informative and entertaining at the same time. I highly recommend this read!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Enlightening, Educational and Humane Book! 5 août 2014
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This is a wonderful book. I am impressed with the good Doctors' knowledge, experience and humanity in discussing and explaining delusions and schizophrenia, a very difficult mental disorder to treat. I'm getting the book to read in print because it's worth reading again, in print, because it is so good.

The book also does a great service in enlightening ordinary, everyday people about the tragedy of mental illness and how pervasive it can be. Mental illness affects many, whether the patient is a co-worker, relative or close friend. This is demonstrated in the book by the numerous case studies found throughout the book. They are enlightening and really show the human, caring side of the doctors. This is a very kind and educational book.

I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about delusions and schizophrenia, since it is very approachable and easy to read.
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