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The Fundamentalist MindsetPsychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History$
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Charles B. Strozier, David M. Terman, James W. Jones, and Katherine A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.001.0001

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Fundamentalism and the Paranoid Gestalt

Fundamentalism and the Paranoid Gestalt

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(p.47) 5 Fundamentalism and the Paranoid Gestalt
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The Fundamentalist Mindset
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David M. Terman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379655.003.0005

This chapter describes a cognitive—affective pattern of individual and group psychological organization, called the paranoid gestalt, which is the essential structure of the fundamentalist mindset. The paranoid gestalt is often embodied in the ideology of the group, and perceived threats to the validity or practice of the ideology are important sources of the humiliation of the group. These are the essential dynamics of the fundamentalist mindset.

Keywords:   fundamentalism, fundamentalist mindset, paranoid gestalt, group psychological organization, apocalyptic

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