Paranoid Personality Disorder as a pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:
• suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her;
• is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates;
• is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her;
• reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events;
• persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults , injuries, or slights perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack;
• has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner.
The disorder does not occur exclusively during the course of Schizophrenia, a Mood Disorder With Psychotic Features, or another Psychotic Disorder and is not due to the direct physiological effects or a general medical condition.
• I cannot trust other people.
• Other people have hidden motives.
• Others will try to use me or manipulate me if I don't watch out.
• I have to be on guard at all times.
• It isn't safe to confide in other people.
• If people act friendly, they may be trying to use or exploit me.
• People will take advantage of me if I give them the chance.
• For the most part, other people are unfriendly.
• Other people will deliberately try to demean me.
• Often people deliberately want to annoy me.
• I will be in serious trouble if I let other people think they can get away with mistreating me.
• If other people find out things about me, they will use them against me.
• People often say one thing and mean something else.
• A person whom I am close to could be disloyal or unfaithful.