Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Three Ring Circus

We had a great talk last week given by a colleague, a psychiatrist, on personality disorders. There was only one person who I could think of when he gave this definition:

301.00 Paranoid Personality Disorder
(Descriptive Diagnosis per American DSM-IV-TR)
According to the DSM-IV-TR, this disorder is characterized by a pervasive distrust and suspicion of others such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

Suspects, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her

Is preoccupied with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates

Is reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her

Reads benign remarks or events as threatening or demeaning.

Persistently bears grudges, i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights
Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack

Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner.

If you'll excuse the phrase, it's like watching a car crash.
Prince Philip:'racist', 'Nazi', 'Frankenstein'
Royal family: 'Dracula'
In the plot: Tony Blair; MI6; two former Scotland Yard commissioners; French police and medics; the Princess's sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, and several of her close friends.

Even the poor BBC royal correspondent was called a 'bloody idiot' and 'employed by MI6'

Still, some see the funny side: DIANA WAS SPIDERMAN, CLAIMS AL FAYED

"She say I must tell no-one. She say she use spidery sense to uncover plot by dirty Greek Philip bastard to blow up Alton Towers."

He added: "I tell her for many year I am suspecting she the Spideryman. She very agile girl with good legs who know right from wrong. It all add up.

"I tell her my people make her new Spidery-suit with matching accessory. Very nice. Good quality.

Craig Brown has the Fayed Book of Nursery Rhymes

Humpty Dumpy sat on the wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
They no wanting him live happy ever after
So they conspirisising to coldbloody
Pushing him off and hush it up, you no believing me?
I having proof, Humpty he tell me before he fall off,
He say, Mohamed, you my friend they pushing me.

It's all very funny until one realises that it's all coming out of our pockets.

One blogger has a refreshingly compassionate view of poor old Fayed.

This man had a son, and upon this son he built a shimmering palace of hope, ambition and expectation, only to see it dashed and smashed. The ricocheting splinters have pierced his soul and he is now beyond saving. He will spend the rest of his life nursing his bitterness, hugging his hate, muttering his curses even unto his death bed.

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Blogger On the side of the angels said...

His Son died...
If it had happened to me I would have torn heaven and earth asunder in grief ; and to hell with the consequences - if there was the remotest suspicion [even in my own paranoia] that someone else killed him...
He may be utterly deluded like a madman ; overcome with a revenge mentality to at least blame someone and distort reality beyond imagining in the process - but give the man a break - his son died...

6:12 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Oh believe me, Paul, I know. As one whose brother died in adulthood I know only too well the effect it had on my parents and the rest of my family.

But I do know from my work that encouraging deluded belief will not help the poor man's grief.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Oliver said...

Was looking at a map of central London today and found Harrods is very close to Buck House. Am sure the Egyptian was hoping to move in when his expected grandson became pharoh once the step-brothers and their dad were returned to Germany after a Mussie revolution.

10:20 PM  

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