But paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a real mental disorder which hits real people.As it afflicts between 2.3 percent to 4.4 percent of the general population, you have likely met someone with this disorder in your life.Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.In one of my past relationships , I was involved with someone, who (regrettably, I found out too late), exhibited PPD (Paranoid Personality Disorder).
She had been in one for three years and she described the turmoil and unhappiness she endured but she wished “someone had warned me.” The paranoid personality, in my experience, is often not talked about because it is often mistaken for other personality types or it is outright ignored as just being some form “eccentricity.” Even when I tell people to go back and see the 1999 movie American Beauty and examine closely Frank Fitts dealing with his wife and son they struggle to understand that Fitts, in that movie, is a paranoid personality. Fitts was living, that left her silent, downcast, and emotionally dead, is because of him.
What stands out about the paranoid personality in relationships are the behaviors and how they make others feel. When Sara started dating this man, she noticed some of the characteristics in the word list above but she either dismissed them, thought they would go away, or did not think they would affect her. She didn’t know that the paranoid personality is stubborn; there is no pill you can take for it, and that those who live with someone who is paranoid pay a price—usually a high emotional price called happiness.
Over the years in researching my book, I collected the words that describe the paranoid personality based on what was reported by those that had lived with them or had been victimized by them. Words alone may not mean a lot but in the aggregate, they give shape and form to help us understand something is wrong with the individual they describe—individuals that are, as Stuart Yudofsky, M. When we couple the words of the victims with the recognized behavioral traits of the paranoid personality, we get a better picture of these individuals.
A colleague’s slight ribbing can be interpreted as vicious mockery.
(Rodale) and wondered why there were so many articles about narcissists, psychopaths, and borderline personalities, but very little written about being in a relationship with someone who is paranoid.