Paranoia Publication date : October 1, 1998
"Human beings, whether weak or strong, powerless or empowered, are preyed upon by anxieties that can render them helpless. They can be terrorised by a small mouse or a ridiculous spider. "It depends on very little whether these fears remain under control and produce positive results--or lead to murders, dramatic situations, or dictatorships. It is these minor incidents that I have tried to track down, describe and understand." Claude Olievenstein is the head doctor of the Centre Médical Marmottan in Paris, and director of research at the University of Lyon. He is the author of Non-dit des Emotions (Opus series, No. 18, 1995), published by Editions Odile Jacob.