paranoid personality disorder

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A personality disorder characterized by paranoid ideation, indicated by such signs and symptoms as unwarranted suspicion of being exploited, harmed or plotted against; unjustified doubts about the trustworthiness of friends and associates; reluctance to confide in others because of unwarranted fear of the information being maliciously exploited; tendency to interpret innocent remarks or events as demeaning or threatening; persistent bearing of grudges for past insults, injuries, or slights; tendency to perceive personal attacks that are not apparent to others; tendency to become angry, and to counterattack; and harbouring of unjustified suspicions about the faithfulness of sexual partners. Compare delusional disorder, paranoid schizophrenia.

Subjects: Psychology.

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