Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 252–255

Paranoid pseudocommunity beliefs in a sect milieu

  • Peter L. Myers

DOI: 10.1007/BF01787827

Cite this article as:
Myers, P.L. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1988) 23: 252. doi:10.1007/BF01787827


A shared paranoid belief system was identified among members of a sect-like group. The imagined “paranoid pseudocommunity” includes both persecutorial conspiracies and networks extending and supporting the group. Delusional hypotheses are frequently reorganized within this paradigm, as are accompanying verbal styles. A paranoid perceptual and cognitive style is maintained by leader influence, information-processing roles of members, and the dogmatic, insular, elitist, and antagonistic qualities of this encapsulated subculture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Myers
    • 1
  1. 1.Alcoholism and Substance abuse ServicesEssex County CollegeNewarkUSA

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