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What's a word to describe reasonable paranoia?

If it helps, I'm talking about 1984.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Paranoia is a symptom in which an individual feels as if the world is "out to get" him or her. When people are paranoid, they feel as if others are always talking about them behind their backs. Paranoia causes intense feelings of distrust, and can sometimes lead to overt or covert hostility.

    http://www.minddisorders.com/Ob-Ps/Paranoia.html

    Paranoia is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia

    On the other hand, there can be situations where people ARE watching you, talking about you, and planning to do you harm. In such situations it would be reasonable to be paranoid.

    As Woody Allen once said, "Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean that people aren't out to get you...".

    Reasonable paranoia is a pretty concise and accurate description. I'm not sure you can condense it any more, and still keep the nuances and connotations.

    So...

    alert, aware, vigilant,

    hyper-alert, hyper-aware, hyper-vigilant

    suspicious, distrusting, mistrustful,

    careful, cautious, attentive, observant

    defensive, intuitive

    frightened, alarmed, anxious, nervous, apprehensive

  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Paranoia is, by definition, unreasonable. You can be reasonably prudent, careful, fearful, wary, alert, but paranoid means you went over the edge. Reasonable paranoia is an oxymoron.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    mentally unstable....or insane.

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