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Alarmism

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Alarmism is excessive or exaggerated alarm about a real or imagined threat. In the news media, alarmism can be a form of yellow journalism where reports sensationalise a story to exaggerate small risks.[1]

Alarmist personality

The alarmist person is subject to the cognitive distortion of catastrophizing – of always expecting the worst of possible futures.[2]

They may also be seeking to preserve feelings of omnipotence by generating anxiety and concern in others.[3]

False accusation

The charge of alarmism can of course be used to discredit a legitimate warning, as when Churchill was widely dismissed as an alarmist in the 1930s.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Risk of Poor Coverage of Risk". Columbia Journalism Review.
  2. ^ P. Gilbert, Overcoming Depression (1999) p. 88-90
  3. ^ T. Pitt-Aikens, Loss of the Good Authority (1989) p. 99
  4. ^ M. Makovsky, Churchill's Promised Land (2007) p. 140-1
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