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Stress sensitivity in paranoia: poor-me paranoia protects against the unpleasant effects of social stress
The attributional theory of paranoia suggests that paranoid beliefs may protect individuals from low self-esteem and distress (Bentall et al. 2001). The current study tested this theory by investigating a hypothesis that paranoid beliefs in combination with low perceived deservedness of persecution (poor-me beliefs) confer protection against the distress caused by social but not activity related stress. Methods Paranoid symptoms, perceived deservedness of persecution, self-esteem, mood, anddoi:10.1017/s0033291717001362 pmid:28578719 fatcat:zwooxsfqbbclhopl67rtrpus4y