The condition of someone being frantically suspicious/cautious or intensely emo
This mental instability usually occurs when the victim is in small groups or alone.
A person who is paranoid may very well be convinced that they're being watched by a wide assortment of imaginary figures &/or "real" people.
Imaginary figures may include, but are not limited to:
, the FBI
, shonen bat, pokemon
, "nothing", cats in the ceiling, snow monsters, ghosts, demons, and/or secret organizations.
"Real" people may include a creepy old person you saw at the supermarket, that veteran who sits on the bench across that street, your uncle, the police, the FBI
, joggers, TLA's(three-letter-agencies), your other uncle, gangsters(or gangstahz), black people
, street bums, local, national, or international gangs, and Paranoia support groups.
Many fears can easily stem directly from paranoia. Contrary to popular belief, the fear of the dark is also a byproduct of paranoia.
Pirate nerd in a dark hallway: "It's just a bunch of ninjas... it's just a bunch of ninjas!!! Goddamn sneaky bastards!!!"
Paranoia Guy: "Those damn black people are trying to jump me!!!"
Non-Paranoid Guy: "Dude, they're on a Television show, calm down."
Emo Phillips: "I was walking home one night and a guy hammering on a roof called me a paranoid little weirdo. In morse code."
FBI: "We are not watching your every movement, Mr.Alex Beresnev of Columbia, Maryland."