Who is behind this? What is causing all of this? What is the hidden agenda? What are they trying to do to me? How are they stalking me? Who is watching me? Where can I hide?
I have discovered that it is easier to feel paranoid than secured. Let me explain. When things don’t go as planned or hoped. When we lose control of our situation. When circumstances are going sour and we don’t seem to be able to change it for the better, it is common to link it to an external locus of control. In other words, we tend to start to believe there are forces beyond our control that are causing what we cannot control.
We blame it on the government, the employer, the supernatural, etc.
It is also a coping mechanism to continue to entertain these thoughts. And I think this is so because it gives us a break from having to figure out what to do about the situation. It takes away from us the responsibility to try to fix the situation. So therefore, we give the responsibility to other “unknown” or “unreachable” sources and blame it on them. It gives us an explanation to what otherwise seems like chaos. It serves as a quick fix to the unknown. Instead of trying to further explore, study, and try to find ways to develop a way to act accordingly, we sit back and act like we are hopeless. We tend to prefer to play the victim role because this way we don’t feel pressured to act upon it.
It makes our minds narrow. It forces us to focus on limited information. It does not allow us to look at the big picture, but rather leads us to be focused on what we choose to believe is causing the chaos, the problem. We get obsessed with conspiracy. It maintains us in a stage of stagnation. Can’t think of a solution. Can’t figure out a way out, except through blame and superstition. It allows us to be dormant, instead of active. It paralyses us.