Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness
The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs
"Combining extraordinary true stories with the latest research, two psychiatrist brothers take us on a wild journey through the delusional brain to explore the intersection of neuroscience, biology, and culture.
...Gold saw a number of patients suffering from what he and his brother, Dr. Ian Gold, began calling the 'Truman Show Delusion,' launching the brothers on a quest to understand the nature of this particular phenomenon, of delusions more generally, and the nature of madness itself…the Golds argue that delusions are in fact the result of the interaction between the brain and the social world. By exploring the major categories of delusion via 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 delusions and psychosis. The result is a groundbreaking new direction for thinking about the interaction of the brain and the world around us."--publisher description