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Is It Paranoia or Intuition?

Stick man, eraser mental health humor joke - paranoia cartoon
Stick Man: [thinking] What an awesome day… But wait it’s too awesome
Stick Man: ?
Stick Man: I knew it was too good to be true! ( large eraser erasing the stick man)

What do you think? Is Paranoia or Just Good Intuition?

Over the years, I’ve learned to rely on my paranoia with some degree of reality. No, not that I believe everyone’s out to get me. Well, at least, not all the time.  I don’t believe the government is conspiring against me. It’s a good thing I don’t believe whatsoever in aliens from outer space or the paranormal.  If so, my paranoia would really be off the charts.  No rather, I believe that paranoia is an intuitive reflection of the environment that we are in…coinciding with our own level of self-esteem or self-awareness.

It is my firm belief that when I hear someone laughing but looking away from me, then they are no threat and I am not paranoid. Yet if I see someone making eye contact with me even for a millisecond, I can’t help it that “my mind” is triggered and the paranoia kicks in to such a high degree.  I really believe this is based in more of my lack of self-esteem and desire to have control of every situation.  I’m all about controlled environment, as I’ve stayed sane so long, by locking myself away with the agoraphobia in a controlled environment…Eating and taking my vitamin D3 and digestion enzymes.

Still paranoia does play its part when I’m outside.  I don’t really want to call it paranoia.  Rather, I’ll call it intuition or even observation.  I am very observant, sometimes my wife says to a fault as in too highly sensitive/very extreme degree.  Somethings, I recognize and notice what other people don’t even pick up on.  While other things, remain oblivious to me even when it’s staring me in the face.

I took some time a while back to really examine whether or not my paranoia had any validity. I began to mentally note when the paranoia kicked in.  And it seemed to kick in when I am in environments that I had no control over. Maybe this paranoia comes from a learned experience for me.  Because it seems like, for me, it only kicks in when there is a possible perceived threat to myself and my family.

Now there have been other extremes where the paranoia actually was a precursor to a possible threat and having knowledge and appreciation for this possible threat…that this intuition or understanding of the environment actually saved me and my family from (possible) danger.

I believe paranoia can be laden with reality, based on our own intuition, experiences, and perceptions of the real/actual world. Although, it’s my belief that it needs to be in small doses.  If we take it to the extreme, that’s when trouble is bound to find us when we lose all touch with reality.  So let me put it straight, while the government may seem to be out to screw you, the fact is: they’re screwing everybody…so you’re not alone. No alien from outer space is going to come and probe you… And let’s add to that there will not be a zombie apocalypse… Even though, I may hope that there will be a zombie apocalypse–the truth is there will never be a zombie apocalypse. I am sorry to bring these down to reality and pop anyone’s bubble. You can stop buying up all the water at the local Walmart.

Paranoia is real. The condition causes somewhat irrational thought, that can lead to self-harm and injury and even suicide. Dealing with someone that is extremely paranoid you want to be understanding and compassionate. Paranoia is increasingly being treated using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Paranoia is usually considered a symptom of schizophrenia, but paranoia can be and is associated with many other mental disorders.  Research is being done now to show that paranoia really is more common than what was once thought…more about that read: Paranoid Thoughts Are Relatively Common

Is It Paranoia or Intuition?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2014). Is It Paranoia or Intuition?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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