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It's All Your Fault episode 137

Q and A Lab: Paranoid Personalities

This Q &A Lab focuses on two questions about possible paranoid personality behaviors and high conflict behaviors, including:

  • Combative, Aggressive, Violent, Blaming 19-year-old Son
    • The parent of 19-year-old with combative, aggressive, violent behaviors (including spitting on his parent) and demands that the parent admit abusing him as a young child. Bill and Megan will discuss:
      • What can this parent do when the son becomes infuriated when the parent won’t admit to the false allegation that he/she was an abusive parent?
      • How can the parent establish boundaries with the son related to money and other assistance when being bullied?
  • Conspiracy-minded, Blaming Teammate
    • A member of a team has to deal with a blaming, accusing teammate who seemed to be paranoid and consistently dismissive and rude. Bill and Megan will answer whether this person could possible have a paranoid personality and/or a high conflict personality.

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Note: We are not diagnosing anyone in our discussions, merely discussing patterns of behavior.

  • (00:00) – Welcome to It’s All Your Fault
  • (00:28) – Q&A Lab
  • (01:18) – Question One
  • (14:36) – Question Two
  • (23:58) – BIFF Responses Seen as Defensiveness?
  • (26:43) – Paranoia vs. Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • (30:59) – Children With a Paranoid Parent
  • (32:44) – Reminders & Coming Next Week: Can HCIs Change?

Hosted by Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq. and Megan Hunter, MBA, It’s All Your Fault! High Conflict People explores the five types of people who can ruin your life—people with high conflict personalities and how they weave themselves into our lives in romance, at work, next door, at school, places of worship, and just about everywhere, causing chaos, exhaustion, and dread for everyone else.