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Aliens Have Arrived! Or Have They?

Psychological Perspectives

 

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Ken Silvestro, PhD.

What is paranoia and how can we recognize it? Let's begin with the emotional side of paranoia. In the last article, the emotion of fear was central to the topic of superstition. Again, fear is central to the topic of this article – paranoia.

Paranoia brings to mind many different descriptions. For example, you might enter an empty house at night and feel fear, which can then shift to a fantasy or belief that someone is hiding behind the chair or in the closet. Or, in an extreme example, you might believe that authority figures are planning to arrest you, or worst yet, destroy you for some...



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