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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

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VILLAREJO, A.. Fanatism: interest in criminal forensic psychiatry. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2010, vol.16, n.3, pp.137-144. ISSN 1988-611X.

This paper describes the fanatism from two viewpoints, cognitive and personological and looks at the progressive nature of this phenomenon. Based on these conceptual hypotheses, we present the anomalies which may be found in the continuum of subject/normal belief - subject/ fanatical belief and how these changes affect the capacity of these individuals to respond criminally. This requires the understanding of the cognitive disturbances implied by fanatical belief and the potential anomalies in the structure of the fanatical subject's personality.

Keywords : Fanatism; Beliefs; Cognitive disturbances; Personality disorders.

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