Paranoid pseudocommunity beliefs in a sect milieu
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- 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.