Expressively Defensive (e.g., is vigilantly guarded, alert to
anticipate and ward off expected derogation, malice, and deception; is tenacious and
firmly resistant to sources of external influence and control).
(F) Interpersonally Provocative (e.g., not only bears grudges and is
unforgiving of those of the past, but displays a quarrelsome, fractious and abrasive
attitude with recent acquaintances; precipitates exasperation and anger by a testing of
loyalties and an intrusive and searching preoccupation with hidden motives).
Cognitive Style (e.g., is unwarrantedly skeptical, and cynical
of the motives of others, including relatives, friends, and associates,
construing innocuous events as signifying hidden or conspiratorial intent; reveals
tendency to read hidden meanings into benign matters and to magnify tangential or minor
difficulties into proofs of duplicity and treachery, especially regarding the fidelity and
trustworthiness of a spouse or intimate friend).
Self-Image (e.g., has persistent ideas of
self-importance and self-reference, perceiving attacks on one's character not apparent to
others, asserting as personally derogatory and scurrilous, if not libelous, entirely
innocuous actions and events; is pridefully independent, reluctant to confide in others,
highly insular, experiencing intense fears, however, of losing identity, status and powers
Objects (e.g., internalized representations of
significant early relationships are a fixed and implacable configuration of deeply held
beliefs and attitudes, as well as driven by unyielding convictions which, in turn, are
aligned in an idiosyncratic manner with a fixed hierarchy of tenaciously-held, but
unwarranted assumptions, fears and conjectures).
Regulatory Mechanism (e.g., actively disowns undesirable personal
traits and motives, and attributes them to others; remains blind to one's own unattractive
behaviors and characteristics, yet is overalert to, and hypercritical of, similar features
Morphologic Organization (e.g., systemic constriction and
inflexibility of undergirding morphologic structures, as well as rigidly fixed channels of
defensive coping, conflict mediation and need gratification, create an overstrung and taut
frame that is so uncompromising in its accommodation to changing circumstances that
unanticipated stressors are likely to precipitate either explosive outbursts or inner
Mood-Temperament (e.g., displays a cold, sullen, churlish and
humorless demeanor; attempts to appear unemotional and objective, but is edgy, envious,
jealous, quick to take personal offense and react angrily).