6 Signs of Paranoia – Any of this Sound Familiar?

by Jason

Constantly Feeling Paranoid?

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If your self-imposed insecurities have reached a level that makes it impossible to relax in any social setting, it may be time to take a closer look at the signs of paranoia that are raising the severity of your social anxiety.

That’s because when the anxiety reaches a tipping point from shyness into outright paranoia, your existing personal relationships will erode quickly.

Paranoia is a psychiatric condition in which a person is very suspicious and distrustful of others. It’s an emotion that can be summed up in one word, isolation.

This distrust puts you at arms length from everyone around you as you create ulterior motives for their personal agenda.

Quick note…

This post isn’t going to delve too deep into extreme levels of paranoia. In this discussion, I’m not referencing Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) which is classified for more severe cases. Really, only about 4.4% of the world suffers from PPD and if you were one of them, you probably wouldn’t be here.

That’s because PPD sufferers generally don’t acknowledge their negative thoughts.

They are so engrossed in a mindset of suspicion that they know no other reality. If it’s any comfort, you should feel good that you’re reading this. It means, you’re aware of your overt paranoia and want to do something about it.

So, these signs should be received as harbingers of high levels of social anxiety that should be pruned back to a more manageable perspective.

The best way to begin is to recognize the signs of paranoia so you can interrupt these habits when they occur.

Through continued practice, you can open your mind into a much more trustful place with others. That results in a more confident and self-assured YOU.

So, let’s talk about the 6 major signs of paranoia and take note if any of these raise red flags in your own social life.

6 MAJOR SIGNS OF PARANOIA

1. Difficulty Confiding In Others

Paranoia prevents you from confiding in others due to the suspicion that your words may be used against you in the future. You’re operating from a state of self-preservation.

This can be very obvious in work environments where you are careful not to expose your knowledge (logistical work) to others in fear that it will make you replaceable.

2. Avoidance Due to Low Self-Image

This is a very specific type of low self-image. If you’re standing with a group of friends and immediately thinkā€¦

“Am I standing weird? Is there food on my face? Do they think I’m fat? Are they laughing at me?”, you suffer from this specific brand of paranoia.

It’s enough to make you want to avoid social settings because you’re worried people are secretly judging you and mocking your demure.

3. Living in Constant Fear of “What If”

Compulsive negative thinking is an attribute of most anxieties. However, when your negative thinking centers around scenarios that bring you pain, you’re engaged in something called anticipatory anxiety.

I’ll go into much greater detail on anticipatory anxiety down the road. But, bear in mind that anticipatory anxiety and paranoia are often strongly linked. Low self-esteem makes you believe that you’re not worthy of a happy future and this develops into a sense that the future has your worst interests in mind.

You become paranoid of life around you and begin to expect outcomes that are unfavorable. This can lead to moderate forms of agoraphobia where you take less chances in leaving your home and coming into contact with the outside world.

4. Suspicion of Everything

As I said earlier, you have a strong sense that people around you are operating from a false front. You try to find the hidden agenda in any outreach of communication and as a result, you second guess every interaction.

This not only isolates you from forming relationships, it also creates heavy confusion in your head because you don’t know who to trust. After a while, you’re not even sure you can trust your own instincts and decisions.

This ambivalence can be the hardest part of paranoia. Your simultaneous trust and distrust of people and situations pull you at both arms and making even the smallest of choices can feel like life and death.

5. Hostility Towards Others

The conflict described above can make you irritable and this negative association with interpersonal relationships is enough to turn you off from the whole idea of social situations altogether.

As a result you may push people away with a hostile attitude.

Because you’re self-image is low and you immediately assume people are mocking/judging you, it becomes much easier to make someone your enemy rather than an ally.

6. Reading into Casual Glances and Facial Expressions

This one is a very common trait to paranoid individuals with social anxiety. You’ve already condemned your self-esteem with a constant monologue of negative talk. Therefore, every casual motion and look from people around you is interpreted as a confirmation of your own scrutiny.

The result is you create a world of mocking negativity that appears to come from outside yourself. However, the truth is, you’re still internalizing that same fear and doubt.

A major leg-up on paranoia is raising your self-esteem first and loving yourself. Once you begin a routine of continuous self-appreciation, you’ll have enough positive perspective to realize your worth among others.

That leads to a newfound belief. It’s an understanding of a truth in social settings. What is that truth? It’s that people operate from a place of love when you love yourself first.

Want step by step way to get there? Take my hand and I’ll show you.

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