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Are You Paranoid? When Is It Most Uncomfortable? Are There Severe Attacks? or Is It Just a Malaise That Sickens You?

Updated on July 22, 2020
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Christofer spent 10 years in family counseling. Later he obtained a Psy. D.. His focuses: Health, History, Astrology, Politics and Fables

Marie Antoinette Could Have Used A Few Doses of Paranoia. She Suffered Differently.

It’s kind of a modern, but already old joke: “Just because you’re paranoid that doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you!"

People have the feeling that paranoia can be caused by fatigue, certain drugs,

extreme states of hunger and the universal bugaboo – stress.

Whatever its cause, which is probably based in more in

“nature and nurture” type issues,

its pain is wide spread and real.

Paranoia - A Modern Term That People Overuse With Dangerous Overtones

Since Paranoia is a clinical mental/psychological state, this sounds like a funny question. Of course, when you’re paranoid, it does not affect one part of your body, it affects your whole life.

In our fast-paced stress-filled world, the term “paranoia” has been used to describe marijuana post-use effects, mood conditions, and running and free-floating states. People are conversant about this condition in various degrees. In modern parlance, “feeling paranoid” is understood by the hearer, and tends to immediately obtain sympathy. So, tell me, if you think you suffer from excessively paranoid tendencies…how and where does it hurt?”

The Outwardly Unacknowledged but Quietly Self-Admitted Sufferer

The pain and suffering here is real, even if people won’t admit to it, or seek help for it. This is one wild, uncaring, hair-raising, stress-filled world, or it can be when we lose control of our lives. So with a plea for a dose of silent honesty, let’s examine this condition.

Feeling “Paranoid”

Feeling paranoid states below what we would think are “clinical states” still has a way of destroying jobs, friendships, love and sexual relationships and familial bonds.

“Paranoia”, if you break down the Greek origins, it literally means: beyond or around the mind, or self. When envisioning this problem, one can see a host of self-created circumstances, and or events or personalities which have been given importance by the sufferer, like a cloud of cackling birds flying around the sufferer. It acts like a kind of slow-moving tornado constantly giving you worries, suspicions, meanings, assigning importance and creating delusions which tends to reinforce the sick narrative you are writing.

Why it’s Deceptively Poisonous – “Logically Reasoned Delusions which turn into Beliefs”

You might have noticed in this world that when something arises to the level of “Belief” in the human, it takes on importance. You also might have noticed that sometimes your own mind is not your friend. When we say “logically reasoned delusions”, you see in the cold reality of this article that we use our mind to “logically” “reasons” "delusions, we are supplying strength and rationale for an idea that is subjectively Not Really Real.

Why Do You Think Your Boss Hates You?

One young man was sure of a woman’s (boss) hatred of him because he wasn’t listening to her use of humor in the office. It took him a year of listening before he understood that he was being overly touchy about a cutting sense of humor. I spoke with him, as the months went by; he came to some reasoned conclusions:

“I see what you are saying. It’s not that she is not cutting or insulting, she is. It’s not that she isn’t funny, she is. It’s not that she relents. She never quits. It’s just that she doesn’t mean her comments for me alone. And she has no personal thoughts about me that are special or unique.

If this kind of mental state is leaving you hypersensitive, tense, argumentative, along with being accusatory and jealous, then you might want to assess how much you are suffering, and how you are bringing destructive conditions into your life.

Try to Make Others “Stars” in Your Life and Forget Motives.

Life is funny - trying to “get better” is much harder than “staying healthy”. But when we find we are hurting, it is when we are in states of illness that we can envision becoming healthy again.

Make other people “stars”. See what happens to your head when you focus on other people and trying to elevate them. And about others motives? Forget them. Try for all your worth not to constantly worry about what others are really thinking. If you can change the characters you are focusing on, you can probably stop conjuring up those little “movies” that are always plaguing you.

Once you have unplugged the screwy stories you are scribbling up, then maybe you won’t be trying to build a three act play over, why someone stopped talking just when you entered the room.

If You Had No Plot and No Stars, in Your Dreams or Plots, There Would Be No Dialogue or New Players Entering Stage Left

Ever sat bolt upright in bed just as you were about to get your head bitten off by a big green monster? You stop breathing hard. And you smile in relief. There’s no monster. No dream. No me as a star in the dream. None of the cast and crew of my mean little dream. Nothing is there. You start to breathe normally again.

Ponder this. That play that you are the star of where everyone hates you? Not only is there not a play, but people are probably not even thinking about you! Darn. Your life is quieter and more at peace than you might know. Most of the motives we ascribe are not even there. Most of us don’t walk around nursing motives and feeding evil little manifestations. This should make you feel good, if you could possibly let yourself do so.

The Trouble with Paranoia

The Mean Little “P”, or the larger more clinical “P” have the same characteristics: No matter what happens, or what someone says - meaning is constantly construed. Until you permit yourself to address your condition your busy head will supply you with continuing evidence that your delusions are alive and well. No supporting actor in your play is going to show up and start talking everybody out of their previously held positions.

With the help of a professional, you can decide how much you are suffering. But at first, you are going to have to contemplate this all by yourself. This condition could be confined to a small degree, or a short term. It could be much more serious. Do yourself a favor and ask yourself, if your life could improve if you were able to positively address this condition.

Examine the Below Four Elements.

1 - “Exaggerated self reference”

2 - “Suspicious of the motives of others”

3 - “Logically reasoned delusions which have a way of working their way to you”

4 - “Construing Independent Events with Your Own Personal Narrative”

You put yourself in the middle of events.

You make yourself the “star” when you should be the “audience”, the “critic”, or the “supporting role”.

Because of this exaggeration, you begin to suspect everyone.

© 2011 Christofer French

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      lydz 

      9 years ago

      Hi there i just read your article & found some helpful & useful information however how do you help someone with paranoia If they don't want to be helped? This person is my sister who has been like this for eleven months now she has admitted to paranoia all i want is for her to go get the help she needs our offers of support have turned on deaf ears its proving to be a rather frustrating task but im not going to give up any help will be greatly appreciated many thanks

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