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Do Tell: What Are You Paranoid About?

It's completely normal to be insecure from time to time, but do you ever get paranoid thoughts? If so, you're not alone. According to a recent study, paranoia is no longer a symptom of mentally ill individuals, but rather a common feeling of the general public. An unusual study that was highlighted on the mental health Web site PsychCentral, created a virtual tour of a London train ride for 200 volunteers. They wore headsets and encountered computerized avatars of people riding this train, reading the paper, and occasionally glancing at the volunteers. While most of the individuals thought the virtual avatars were friendly, 40 percent actually felt at least one paranoid thought during this tour. Sure, the people that suffered from low self-esteem were more likely to suffer from paranoid thoughts, but the study proved that worrying about what others think, or assuming the worst about strangers is more common than not.

Since having paranoid thoughts from time to time is part of what it's like to be human, tell me ladies, what are you paranoid about?


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