Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are preoccupied in determining the trustworthiness of others. Since they are unable to trust others, they are constantly "testing" the honesty and intent of others. This constant suspicious causes others to become frustrated and angry. People with paranoid personality disorder may become engrossed with their hostile feelings and experience brief outbursts of aggression and violence. They believe the world is harsh and social interactions must be constantly analyzed.
Since they always suspect that other people are trying to take advantage of them, people with paranoid personality disorder have difficulty trusting others. Their pervasive distrust of others causes them to avoid social interactions in order to maintain a sense of power.
People with paranoid personality disorder are constantly suspicious of other people's intentions. They are hypervigilant while appearing tense and irritable. They believe the world is harsh and requires constant alertness for interpreting others' actions.
Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are hypervigilant and ready for any real or imaginary threat. Despite lacking evidence and reason, they always feel that others are going to taking advantage of them. They automatically anticipate betrayal from others and react by constantly being defensive.
Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are extremely sensitive and misinterpret benign remarks as threats against their character. They magnify and distort minor cues in their environment into thoughts of deception.
Since they tend to mistrust others, people with paranoid personality disorder are reluctant to confide in other people. They develop insensitivity towards other people's feelings and are always on the defensive. They are unable to understand affection and approval of others.
People with paranoid personality disorder are highly vulnerable and are quick to react to any real or imagined threat against their character. They are constantly defensive and their hostility may lead to aggression and violence.
In order to maintain their self-esteem, people with paranoid personality disorder blame their shortcomings on others. They hold grudges for insults and injuries against other people. Their jealousy causes them to develop hostility against highly successful people.
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