"Alarmist" redirects here. For the 1997 comedy film, see The Alarmist.
Alarmism is excessive or exaggerated alarm about a real or imagined threat e.g. the increases in deaths from infectious disease.
The alarmist prefers intimidation and coercion to reasoned debate, and is often motivated by the desire to bring themselves to the forefront of discussion.
1 Alarmist personality,
2 False accusation,
3 See also,
5 External links,
The alarmist person is subject to the cognitive distortion of catastrophizing - of always expecting the worst of possible futures.
They may also be seeking to preserve feelings of omnipotence by generating anxiety and concern in others.
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 Thirties.