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Richards, A. (1982). The Paranoid Process: By W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1978. 872 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 51:447-454.

(1982). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 51:447-454

The Paranoid Process: By W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. New York: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1978. 872 pp.

Review by:
Arnold Richards

Few contributors to the psychoanalytic literature today would consider tackling a topic of the breadth and scope of Meissner's Paranoid Process. He has written a massive, ambitious work that is divided into three main sections. The first, titled "The Structure and Function of Paranoid Ideation," considers the psychopathology of paranoia, paranoid mechanisms, and paranoid style. It is concerned with the variety of theoretical perspectives that have been brought to bear on paranoid psychopathology, beginning with Freud's classic exposition of Schreber.

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