# Opposite of paranoia?

Discussion in 'Free Thoughts' started by slotty, Jun 9, 2004.

1. ### slottyColostomy-its not my bagRegistered Senior Member

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Some help please, does anybody know the word for the opposite of paranoia?
Im stumped.

3. ### Thor"Pfft, Rebel scum!"Valued Senior Member

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I dunno. The only thing I can think of is apathy...

5. ### SwedishFishConspiratorRegistered Senior Member

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denial

not my fault it only has 6 letters in it, forcing me to type all this nonsense that didn't have to be here. it's ridiculous really. now i'm just typing for the hell of it. it could have been a 6 character post. but now it's a...bunch of character post. take off the limit! stop character fascism now!

7. ### slottyColostomy-its not my bagRegistered Senior Member

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Nope. thats just lacking emotion and interest.the opposite has gotta be something like you feel the whole world and everybody in it thinks your great. Something like egocentric doesnt really fit, nor does egomania.
This has been bugging me for days now.

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I would venture that a reasonable opposite to being paranoid is being naive. To be paranoid is to be mistrustful and hardened. To be naive is to be unsuspecting and inexperienced. Or 'gullible', maybe that works.

9. ### buffysRegistered LoserRegistered Senior Member

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GOOD QUESTION! at first it seemed silly but after a perfunctory search I came up blank, then I started looking harder and harder and now I can see why this has been bugging you.

One thing I found helpful was someone pointed out that paranoia is a "defined clinical state" therefore requires no antonym. This same person also asked "since it's used casually, has an antonym evolved?" and got quite a few good responses, you can find this discussion at http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/3963

10. ### dsdsdsValued Senior Member

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tolerant
forgiving
accepting
trusting
relaxed
levelheaded (and all synonyms found in MSWord thesaurus)

11. ### cosmictravelerBe kind to yourself always.Valued Senior Member

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The opposite of paranoid is not being worried or lack of fear.

12. ### buffysRegistered LoserRegistered Senior Member

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If I understand the thread starter it's a single word antonym he's looking for.

13. ### antifreezedefrosting agentRegistered Senior Member

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trusting is good, but i think porfiry nailed it; gullible.

14. ### buffysRegistered LoserRegistered Senior Member

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90% of the paranoid people I know are paranoid because they're gullible.

15. ### antifreezedefrosting agentRegistered Senior Member

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you are talking about a personality trait?

16. ### buffysRegistered LoserRegistered Senior Member

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I don't mean it in the clinical sense, I assumed we were talking about the more casual use of the word.

17. ### Insanely EliteQuestions reality.Registered Senior Member

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Hello Slotty,
Use your would be word in a sentence so we can take your meaning

18. ### Alpha«Visitor»Registered Senior Member

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"Pronoia is the suspicion that the universe is a conspiracy on your behalf."
Sort of a made up word, but it works.

19. ### buffysRegistered LoserRegistered Senior Member

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NICE ONE Alpha!

it gets a bit dodgy when a word isn't "officially" recognized but thats the way language adapts. I was afraid you'd made it up yourself but it has been around for about 10 years from the little I've read, thanks for adding that. "Pronoia" is, by far, the best choice offered here so far.

I found a little blurb about the word here, http://www.quinion.com/words/turnsofphrase/tp-pro5.htm.

20. ### slottyColostomy-its not my bagRegistered Senior Member

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Thanks for your efforts people.You have given me loads of ammo to take down the pub and look a smart ass with my friends. I will of course take all the credit!

21. ### The FlemsterUnstoppable sex machineRegistered Senior Member

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*looks both ways really quickly for a second*

The Flemster.

22. ### slottyColostomy-its not my bagRegistered Senior Member

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Just because im paranoid, doesnt mean their NOT out to get me. Or you.