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Announcements — September 5, 2003
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IBPP announcements pertaining to reader requests, editor nominations, and relevant conferences, as well as online and print publications.

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Special Article. Creation of Delusions — September 5, 2003
Karl Ericson

At the age of 15 Dr. Karl Ericson was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. After electroshock and high doses of thorazine, he recovered enough to gain some insight into his condition and developed self-help methods for himself which were published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Since then he has created a web site that combines his thoughts on politics, self-help, religion and philosophy and has written a preliminary online computer aided self-help program (3). Having suffered from delusions and paranoia, Dr. Ericson is acutely aware of delusions and paranoia in society and in political thinking. He published "Creation of Paranoia" in IBPP during 2001.

In a previous article (Ericson (1)) the author discussed the parallels between paranoia in groups of people considered mentally healthy and in the mentally ill and why both the mentally ill and mentally healthy groups may create paranoia. In this article, he discusses the creation of delusions in mentally healthy groups and the mentally ill but focus on the creation of non-paranoid delusions.

IBPP Research Associates

 

IBPP Research Associates: Sierra Leone — September 5, 2003
Alhaji Babah Sawaneh

Abstract: The following document was posted on Sierra Leone News (now The Sierra Leone Web) in November 2001. Copyright permissions were not available for it to be posted on Scholarly Commons. It is, however, currently available online at http://www.sierra-leone.org/Other-Conflict/sawaneh-112001.html.

The speaker discusses life as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, as well as the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life as a former child soldier in that country.

Trends

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Trends. Car Bomb Explosion and an Explosion of Truths — September 5, 2003
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This Trends article discusses multiple political psychological aspects of the August 29, 2003 car bomb explosion adjacent to the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf, Iraq

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Trends. Commentary on “The Influence Component of Counterterrorism: A Systems Approach — September 5, 2003
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This Trends article discusses the guiding principles for and challenges to a conceptual framework for deterring terrorism against the United States and its interests as presented by Paul Davis and Brian Jenkins in the Spring 2003 issue of Rand Review.