‘Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a God, but never without belief in a devil.’ Eric Hoffer
Paranoid personality disorder is one of a range of personality disorders classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association. It is characterised by pathological suspicion and an obsessive need to eliminate enemies, both real and imaginary.
Pathological paranoia played a dominant role in the mindsets of those responsible for the worst atrocities of the twentieth century.
In our contemporary world, reeling from global financial crisis, turmoil in the Middle East, and Russian aggression in Ukraine, the world is reacquainting itself once again with this deadliest of mental disorders. Continue reading