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The Source: 'How Culture Affects Madness'

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  When Dr. Joel Gold met a patient who thought his every action was being filmed and broadcast to the world a la "The Truman Show" he was intrigued but it wasn't until a steady stream of people with similar delusions that he and his brother decided to write about it.

In his new book, "Suspicious Minds: How Culture Affects Madness," Gold makes the case for how our environments are affecting our thoughts and sometimes causing our delusions.

In an era of very real corporate and government tracking and surveillance, what will the next mass delusion look like? And what can influence a whole culture to madness as we have seen in countless historical anecdotes, from Nazi Germany, to Rwanda, to modern-day North Korea?


  • Dr. Joel Gold, clinical associate professor at New York University's Langone Medicinal Center, and author of "Suspicious Minds"

*This is the second segment in the July 9 edition of The Source, which airs at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM. Audio from this show will be posted by 5:30 p.m.

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