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Paranoid Trait Characteristics 

Paranoid disorder belongs to Cluster A: rarity and eccentricity stand out.

  • Ideas of persecution
  • Jealousy
  • Coldness and distance in interpersonal relationships 
  • High degree of suspicion in the face of changes of situation  
  • They see hostile and malevolent motives in the behavior of others 
  • Displeasure with themselves leads them to react with violence 
  • They can be effective at work, which they often prefer to do alone 

* As a response to stress, they sometimes present a brief reactive psychosis or a delusional disorder.

* Some disabilities or defects may favor the development of this disorder.

* Unrealistic ideas of persecution appear coherent and may have elements of truth.

 * Prevalence in the general population is 2.3 to 4.4%.

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Source (in Spanish): Wenceslao Vial, Madurez psicológica y espiritual, Palabra.