|We focus now on one aspect of paranoid personality disorder. For Week 9 in Ward No. 6 we examined paranoid schizophrenia which is quite different. Schizophrenics suffer from a lack of emotional dynamics (called a flattened affect), disorganized thinking and language, delusions, and hallucinations. Individuals suffering from paranoid personality disorder have extreme suspiciousness and mistrust of others, but otherwise they are somewhat healthy individuals.
The fascinating aspect of this week's selection is a glimpse into how the mind turns facts around to support its suspeciousness. We all sometimes ruminate and worry about certain things, but when confronted with the facts, our fears usually evaporate. In this week's story, the facts become twisted and obscured into supporting the main character's paranoid jealousy. This is done by the mind and not through hallucination. It also provokes quite a jealous reaction.
|Our story deals with a married man who is suffering from the jealous conviction that his wife is involved in an adulterous affair. The following are symptoms for someone to be diagnosed with paranoid jealousy:
There is no case study on paranoid jealousy.
Next, we get to our reading passage. Montuvio is an insurance agent who believes his wife, Alicia, is having an affair with Bordiguera.
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