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Paranoid Personalities

Special interest Article;
Anthony J. Iantosca, BCFE

Paranoid Personalities
In my years as a profiler I have been involved with four people who had paranoid personality behavior patterns. Three were on the mild end of the spectrum. These personalities were very timid, shy and standoffish. They were very hard to profile until they started to talk and express their thoughts and views of the world and the people in their personal and professional lives. One was on the extreme and violent end of the spectrum. This personality was extremely vocal with his hatred and mistrust of everyone and everything. He was at the extreme end of this behavior pattern, he was and still is one of the most dangerous and violent personalities when he is triggered. These personalities are "wound collectors."  

What is the definition of a wound collector or wound collecting?

*The term wound collector and  wound collecting was Copyrighted by Joe Navarro in 2004

            Wound collecting is the conscious and systematic collection and preservation of transgressions, violations, social wrongs, grievances, injustice, unfair treatment, or slights of self and others, for the purpose of  nourishing, fortifying, or justifying a malignant ideology, furthering hatred, satisfying a pathology, or for exacting revenge. (J. Navarro, M.A.) 

 As with every personality type, the paranoid personality behavior is also on a bell curve. This bell curve runs from mild to extreme. At the mild end of the spectrum they will express their insecurity, jealousy and paranoid behavior patterns in the form of being untrusting of others, isolating themselves and their family from outside influences, people, friends and other family members.     

These personalities look at every act of kindness from others as always having a hidden agenda or motive. There always must be ulterior motives. Altruists, to these personality types are opportunists with a hidden agenda. In their mind nobody does nothing for nothing. They trust no one, even their own family members are under constant scrutiny. They look for any act of disloyalty real or imagined as proof positive that validates their paranoid beliefs.
The world is a very dangerous place, everyone is out to hurt them, take advantage of them. They are very insecure and jealous. At this mild end they will talk behind your back, make insane accusations about your character when you do not fall in lock step with their thoughts and beliefs. Their paranoid
imagination becomes their reality. With these personality types they will "twist the facts" to fit their irrational thoughts and beliefs.  

The DSM-IV-TR describes the paranoid personality disorder as a pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent. These are the listed behavior patterns for this personality type.

(1) suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her

(2) is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates

(3) is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her

(4) reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events

(5) persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights

(6) perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack

(7) has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner.

The DSM-5 lists paranoid personality disorder essentially unchanged from the DSM-IV version and lists associated features that describe it in a more quotidian way. These features include suspiciousness, intimacy avoidance, hostility and unusual beliefs/experiences.

When these personalities are on the extreme end of the spectrum we have people like; Ted Kaczynski the Unabomber, Timothy McVeigh who blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold who killed their classmates at Columbine High School, Osama bin Laden who was the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, Anders Behring Breivik who killed 77 people in Norway, mostly all children, Adolf Hitler who killed over six million Jews. This is just a partial list of the more violent paranoid personality types. Even Howard Hughes who was a millionaire isolated himself the last ten years of his life in a Las Vegas hotel. Even Ex President Nixon had paranoid tendencies he had a so called political hit list of all his enemies. He stated many times he could trust no one.  

For many of the paranoid  personalities who are on the extreme end of the spectrum violence becomes their only solution when they are triggered. 



*The term wound collector and  wound collecting was Copyrighted by Joe Navarro in 2004

Dangerous Personalities Joe Navarro FBI SPECIAL AGENT (RET.) with Toni Sciarra Poynter


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