paranoid personality

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par·a·noid per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

1. a personality disorder that is less debilitating than paranoid or delusional paranoid disorder; the essential feature is a pervasive and unwarranted tendency, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, to misinterpret the actions of others as deliberately exploitive, harmful, demeaning, or threatening.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

paranoid personality

a personality characterized by paranoia.

par·a·noid per·son·al·i·ty

(par'ă-noyd pĕr'sŏn-al'i-tē)
A personality disorder characterized by hypersensitivity, rigidity, unwarranted suspicion, jealousy, and a tendency to blame others and ascribe evil motives to them; although neither a neurosis nor psychosis, it interferes with the person's ability to maintain interpersonal relationships.


(per?son-al'it-e) [L. personalitas]
The unique organization of traits, characteristics, and modes of behavior of an individual, setting that individual apart from others and at the same time determining how others react to the individual. Synonym: persona (2) See: personality test

alternating personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

anal personality

In Freudian psychology, a personality disorder marked by excessive orderliness, stinginess, and obstinacy. If carried to an extreme, these qualities lead to the development of obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Synonym: anal characteristic

borderline personality

See: borderline personality disorder

callous-unemotional personality

Abbreviation: CU
A group of personality traits including lack of empathy, manipulativeness, and remorselessness. These traits are considered to be indicators of conduct disorder in childhood and adolescence and are uniquely characteristic of antisocial personality disorder in adults.

compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

distressed personality

Type D personality.

double personality

Dissociative identity disorder.

extroverted personality

See: extrovert

inadequate personality

A personality type in which the individual is ineffective and is physically and emotionally unable to cope with the normal stress of living.

introverted personality

See: introvert (1)

modal personality

The individual traits or characteristics typical of the society in which a person lives.

multiple personality

A term formerly used for dissociative identity disorder. See: dissociative identity disorder

obsessive-compulsive personality

Obsessive-compulsive disorder.

paranoid personality

Paranoid personality disorder.

psychopathic personality

Antisocial personality disorder.

type A personality

See: behavior

type B personality

See: behavior

type D personality

A personality type in which the individual is inhibited and uncomfortable in social situations, has difficulty making friends, and who tends to experience, but repress, feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, and discontent with others. Some studies have found correlations between this personality type and an increased risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease.
Synonym: distressed personality
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Paranoia can be a feature of paranoid personality disorder, delusional disorder, or schizophrenia, as well as substance abuse or dementia.
The psychiatrist told the court he was convinced Takuma suffered from paranoid personality disorder, changing his earlier diagnosis of schizophrenia.
My hunch is that they, at times, may exaggerate the tightness of the statistical connection between paranoid personality and paranoid political action (something only to be resolved through a double-blind design of the sort sketched above).
People with paranoid personality disorder are constantly on their guard because they see the world as a threatening place.
His conviction was downgraded to manslaughter after he was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
Personality patterns that have a significant influence on the impression-leaving communication style are the histrionic, narcissistic and paranoid personality patterns.
With this in mind, among the main BPD predictors of poor outcome determined by previous studies, those related to psychiatric history have been: a greater length of previous hospitalizations (McGlashan, 1985), an earlier age of first psychiatric contact (Links, Mitton, & Steiner, 1993; Paris, Brown, & Nowlis, 1987; Plakun, 1991), lower scores on the Global Assessment Functioning Scale (GAF) (Najavits, & Gunderson, 1995), higher number of Axis II diagnoses at follow-up (Links, Heslegrave, & Van Reekum, 1998), comorbid schizotypal, antisocial and paranoid personality disorders (Najavits, & Gunderson, 1995; Links et al.
In particular he finds that the king suffered from Paranoid Personality Disorder, which deteriorated into Delusional Disorder, both conditions as defined in the standard system of psychiatric classification.
Those who attended the annual meeting of the American College of Forensic Psychiatry saw signs of autism and Asperger's syndrome, schizophrenia, paranoid personality disorder, delusional ideation, grandiosity, depression, posttraumatic stress, thought disorders, anxiety, and longing for love in the facts made public about the 23-year-old mass murderer.
We accept the contention that a high score on the Pa scale [of the MMPI] does not necessarily mean that the person has paranoid personality disorder.
Mr Murray said that Porter had an untreatable paranoid personality disorder.
He said one of them, Dr Cameron Boyd,has conc luded Williams suffers from a paranoid personality disorder.