Trower and Chadwick (1995) proposed paranoia as two distinct subtypes: poor-me – defined by strong beliefs of undeserved persecution, and bad-me – defined by strong beliefs of deserved punishment. Social functioning deficits are common in paranoia but have not been assessed within the poor-me and bad-me construct. Fourteen individuals with high levels of subclinical paranoia and 14 individuals with low levels of paranoia completed measures of depression, self-esteem, social functioning, and the emotional Stroop Task. Although there were no significant differences between the two paranoia subtypes on social functioning, a trend showed individuals with bad-me paranoia having more impaired social engagement and interpersonal contact. Individuals with bad-me paranoia also showed a trend of increased prosocial behaviors when compared to poor-me paranoia.
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Dennis Combs, Sarah Sass, Amy Hayes
M.S. in Psychology
Bart, Thomas, "Social Functioning in Subclinical Poor-Me and Bad-Me Paranoia" (2020). Psychology and Counseling Theses. Paper 12.