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DEADLY SINS ENVY - Paranoia in Translation

Our Protagonists

In this story, there are two protagonists. John Gills and his girlfriend Venera Novák.

John Gills is a reflective and somewhat introverted individual, teaching English literature at a private school in New York. With a passion for literature and writing, he aspires to be a published author of note. John is intelligent and thoughtful, often getting lost in his own thoughts and musings.

However, he grapples with deep-seated insecurities, partly stemming from a painful past relationship that ended in betrayal. This experience has left him with trust issues and a tendency towards paranoia, leading him to seek answers in red-pill philosophy videos. Despite these challenges, John is fundamentally a good person seeking to understand his place in the world and to heal from his past wounds. His journey is one of self-discovery, facing his demons, and learning to trust and love again.

Venera Novák is a Croatian immigrant in New York, balancing her time between modeling and managing a family-owned restaurant. Venera is beautiful, strong-willed, and independent, with a deep connection to her Croatian roots. She embodies resilience, having adapted to a new life in a foreign land while staying true to her heritage.

Recognized for her genuine and compassionate nature, Venera prioritizes forming deep and authentic bonds. She faces the challenges of navigating a modeling career and running a business with determination and grace. Her path crosses with John Gills, leading to a complex and developing relationship marked by shared experiences, emotional support, and the trials of navigating past and present traumas. Venera’s story is one of embracing change, finding strength in her heritage, and the power of forging one’s path.


Red-pill ideology has been trending for a while now and it has given men the wrong idea of relationships. It has given a toxic environment, causing men to be paranoid about their current relationships even when things are going well. It has even given a negative impact on the perception of women by men. Watching these videos to get a better understanding of the nature of the movement made me come to a realization that this stuff can be addicting.

In these videos, the hosts of these podcasts would sell the idea of understanding women to help men get laid. They even sell the idea of understanding the nature of women and what they seek. My impression of these videos is that these hosts and the guests they have on their show are very troubled, hurt deeply, and are trying to incorporate their insecurities into other people. It is believed that they are helping men to be careful and sleep with one eye open, especially if they’re married.

I have witnessed men swallowing the red pill and attempt to give advice to younger men on how to deal with women or how to get with women. What’s worse is not only the advice is abhorrent, but it’s also dangerous. These red-pilled men speak with such confidence and charisma, they can hook anyone to listen.

In this story, I can easily discuss the narcissism of podcast hosts and potentially have one of them as a main protagonist. Instead, I’d rather have someone who falls victim to these videos and taking it face value. Thus, John Gills, a man who was hurt, like many, takes things one step too far in order to break free from the past traumas he endured.

Understanding Paranoid Personality Disorder (PDD)

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is characterized by a pervasive distrust and suspicion of others, such that their motives are interpreted as malevolent.

John’s deep-seated mistrust and suspicion, as well as his fixation on infidelity and betrayal, could suggest traits of Paranoid Personality Disorder. This disorder is characterized by a pervasive distrust of others, seeing malevolent motives in benign actions, and being preoccupied with doubts about loyalty and fidelity.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the criteria for Paranoid Personality Disorder include:

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

John’s deep dive into red-pill ideology and his fixation on understanding why Lisa cheated indicate a tendency to suspect others without sufficient basis.

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

His constant questioning of Venera’s loyalty and the nature of her relationships with others could be seen as aligning with this criterion.

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

John shows a pattern of being guarded or secretive, especially in personal relationships.

4. Reads hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events. Misinterpretation of remarks.

This would be evident if John frequently misinterprets benign comments or situations as threatening or demeaning.

5. Persistently bears grudges (i.e., unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights).

John is characterized by an inability to let go of perceived wrongs.

6. Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack.

John frequently senses hidden attacks and responds with anger.

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

John suspects Venera’s infidelity, especially if unwarranted or exaggerated.

Ever since John Gills was betrayed, he finds it hard to trust people and often thinks others are against him, even when they’re not. This makes his relationships difficult and fills him with constant worry and doubt. John’s struggle shows how this disorder can make someone see danger everywhere and make it hard to find peace. Despite these challenges, John hopes to find a way to feel better and trust again.

For more information about Paranoid Personality Disorder, check out the links below.

What are Personality Disorders?

Mistrustful and Misunderstood: A Review of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Here is the first chapter of ENVY.

For more information about DEADLY SINS, click on the link here.