An exaggerated or grandiose belief, usually not of a delusional nature, that one is being harassed, persecuted, or unfairly treated. A general suspiciousness of others’ motives or intent. Most often associated with paranoid personality disorder but also seen in borderline personality disorder.
References and Readings
- Sadock, B. J., & Sadock, V. A. (2007). Signs and symptoms in psychiatry. In Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (10th ed., pp. 272–283). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Google Scholar