Paranoid Personality Quiz

Instructions: This quiz is designed to help you understand whether you might meet the diagnostic critera for paranoid personality disorder. For each item, indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement. This takes most people about 2 minutes to complete. Take your time and answer truthfully for the most accurate results.


I am a year old / /

1. I read hidden insulting or threatening meanings into innocent remarks or events.

2. I have recurrent suspicions, without justifications, regarding the fidelity of my romantic partner (e.g., I think they’re cheating on me).

3. I suspect that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving me, without any concrete basis for my suspicions.

4. I am reluctant to confide in or open up to others because I fear the information will be maliciously used against me in the future.

5. I bear grudges (e.g., I don’t forgive insults, injuries or slights).

6. I am preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of my friends, co-workers, and colleagues.

7. I perceive attacks on my character or reputation that aren’t usually apparent to others, and am quick to react angrily or to counterattack.

8. I don’t have a current diagnosis of schizophrenia, any psychotic disorder, or a diagnosis with psychotic features.



Based upon the DSM-5 criteria for paranoid personality disorder. All rights reserved. For personal, educational or research use only; other use may be prohibited by law.



Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). Paranoid Personality Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 29, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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