paranoia


para·noia

noun \ˌper-ə-ˈni-ə, ˌpa-rə-\

medical : a serious mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that other people are trying to harm you

: an unreasonable feeling that people are trying to harm you, do not like you, etc.

Full Definition of PARANOIA

1
:  a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2
:  a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
para·noi·ac \-ˈni-ˌak, -ˈni-ik\ also para·noic \-ˈni(-i)k, -ˈnō-ik\ adjective or noun
para·noi·cal·ly \-ˈni(-i)-k(ə-)lē, -ˈnō-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PARANOIA

  1. She was diagnosed with delusional paranoia.
  2. I had to admit that my fears were just paranoia.

Origin of PARANOIA

New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
First Known Use: circa 1811

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

para·noia

noun \ˌpar-ə-ˈni-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PARANOIA

1
: a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2
: a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others

paranoia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mental disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur, usually without hallucinations. Paranoia was formerly classified as a distinct psychosis but is now generally treated as one of several varieties of schizophrenia or, in milder cases, of personality disorder. The paranoid person generally suffers from exaggerated self-reference, a tendency to construe independent events and acts as pertaining to him- or herself.

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