CLEO (Malaysia) - - YOUR LIFE, YOUR RULES! -

ver think friends are send­ing screen­shots of you all over the globe? Con­vinced you’re go­ing to get fired be­cause the boss didn’t smile at you in the morn­ing? Yep, we’ve all had mo­ments of un­jus­ti­fied hys­te­ria — al­most one third of the pop­u­la­tion ad­mit to hav­ing reg­u­lar sus­pi­cious or para­noid thoughts. “I can’t count the num­ber of times I’ve freaked out be­cause my boyfriend’s ar­rived home an hour late from the club,” says Jen­nifer Ng, 28. So why do we get worked up over noth­ing? “Para­noia is a nat­u­ral part of the hu­man psy­che,” says stress ex­pert Dr Craig Hassed, who is based at Monash Uni­ver­sity, Mel­bourne. “We all worry to a cer­tain ex­tent, how­ever, stress, self-doubt, de­pres­sion and so­cial iso­la­tion can ac­cel­er­ate this for some peo­ple. It’s also a by-prod­uct of our en­vi­ron­ment – ris­ing crime and ter­ror­ism have us look­ing over our shoul­der.” But while a bit of ev­ery­day wari­ness is sen­si­ble, it’s not sup­posed to be life-crip­pling. So just how para­noid are you? Time to find out.

Th­ese are your thoughts, con­stantly.

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