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.
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