, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 17–27 | Cite as

Fundamentalism and Paranoia in Groups and Society

  • Stanley SchneiderEmail author


This paper will examine the concepts of fundamentalism and paranoia to contribute understanding to how extremist positions have developed. Fundamentalism is a rigid, dogmatic, and skewed view that dismisses other competing and conflicting viewpoints. Extreme feelings can only lead to extremist behavior. Fears in our inner selves will only fuel the fires of paranoia, encourage fundamentalist behavior, and lead to group conflicts. We will examine this on micro (group) and macro (society) levels.

group psychotherapy fundamentalism paranoia religion extremism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hebrew University and MichlalahJerusalemIsrael

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