What do I mean by that?
Most people I’ve had acquaintance with throughout my 50+ years of life have not been what I would call ‘paranoid’.
We all know what it is, right? Generally it’s being afraid of one’s own shadow so to speak. Believing that there’s ulterior motive behind every corner, every action. Everything or nearly everything is nefarious, conspiratorial, and not what it is portrayed on the surface.
There’s something to be said though about having a ‘healthy’ paranoia. I would more accurately describe it as a healthy skepticism.
I myself am skeptical in many ways and of many things. It’s good to scratch beneath the surface to discover if it’s just a veneer or if it is really what it seems…
Some people are entirely non-skeptical and all-trusting. I just don’t get that, but lots are that way. Just the way it is.
Paranoid State of Mind
But my goodness those who are truly paranoid I feel sorry for. It’s just not healthy.
I’m no ‘shrink’, and I don’t know all the reasons why paranoid people are paranoid. But I’m just saying (suggesting) that being overly paranoid may put you in a state of mind that misses lots of ‘reality’.
I have run into some people in this state of mind. It can be frustrating to deal with. Maybe there’s no way out of the thought process for them (just the way their brains are wired).
Just be careful with people who may appear to be overly paranoid. While things are not always what they appear to be, be cautious of accepting as truths from those who are clearly paranoid.
Maybe this would help:
“Ocamm’s razor” is the problem-solving principle that the simplest solution tends to be the correct one.
When presented with competing hypotheses to solve a problem, one should select the solution with the fewest assumptions.
The idea is attributed to English Franciscan friar William of Ockham (c. 1287 – 1347), a scholastic philosopher and theologian.
With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.
Those who appear to be excessively paranoid or delusional may tend to have many (false?) assumptions in their head surrounding their perception of reality.
Perhaps Occam’s razor may help while considering the possibilities.
So why do I bring this up in a post? I’m not poking fun of those who may be susceptible to paranoia. But having interfaced recently with someone who may be paranoid, I felt compelled to touch on it.
When it comes to prepper relationships, I have noticed that ‘some’ appear to be overly paranoid (in my own estimation).
Perhaps some with paranoid personalities will more likely gravitate towards preparedness due to their seemingly very real fears. I’m not knocking their actions of preparedness! EVERYONE should be better prepared.
However I’m suggesting that ‘if’ you tend towards paranoia, try using Occam’s razor. The simplest explanation may likely be the real one.
Now with that said, I have encountered (and dug in to) ‘conspiracies’ which have absolutely turned out to be deep, true, and accurate. That’s where ‘healthy’ skepticism comes into play. There IS some dark $hit going on out there. But don’t let it cloud all of your life.
Okay, that’s my ramble for today 😉