“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Joseph Heller, Catch-22…..
Would you jump over the fence, or peek over it first? If you took a peek, would you consider that to be paranoid? If you had questions or concerns that you thought you could get cleared up by talking to a private investigator, would you call? A person with healthy paranoia may find this to be an optimal strategy. Urban Dictionary defines healthy paranoia as, “Checking something multiple times to assure yourself that something is correct or safe because you are aware of the consequences of it being not safe or correct.” If you maintain a healthy dose of paranoia it could actually be considered: caution, prudence, vigilance, attentiveness, watchfulness, or alertness. Healthy paranoids, also referred to as prudent paranoids, monitor their moves, scrutinize and analyze actions in detail. They have a sense about present and future danger, and use this as an early warning system. They investigate and evaluate information, which can help them to develop protections against what could develop into a real external risk.
Putting healthy paranoia into practice:
• Ensure you have all the facts, learn everything you can, don’t stop at what you want to hear or only what others want you to know.
• Be open to how to interpret the data you collect and avoid jumping to conclusions. The data you have is only as good as your effective interpretation of it.
• As the old saying goes, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer.” It’s good to have dependable supporters who are there to help safeguard your interests, but make sure that you don’t let that insulate you. Know what the other side is doing, thinking, planning …
• Ask “what if” questions constantly. As Murphy’s Law dictates, “If it can go wrong, it will.” So, you must ask questions, and realize that it’s the problems that you might not possibly have imagined that will do the most damage.
• Be proactive. Being paranoid doesn’t do you any good if you’re not using it to solve or prepare for problems.
What does this mean to the professional investigator? When a potential client calls, are they being healthy or prudent with their concerns or questions? Can you help them uncover and correctly interpret the facts to help solve their issue? Do they need your objectivity to help get to the heart of a matter? Can you help them determine the right “what if” questions they need to be asking? Picking up the phone and making the call to a private investigator is definitely a sign of being proactive, whether the potential client suspects say infidelity or fraud.
What if a client is in a relationship that just seems too good to be true. The client’s significant other has; good looks, money, they drive a nice car, they treat your client like a king or queen, but what if everything is not as it seems? Often times your client’s healthy paranoia is alerted by certain things that just don’t seem right. Despite all of the good things this relationship brings, there are certain behaviors that may trigger suspicions, such as wanting to spend time only with your client, when they have family and friends that would used to be a large part of their social life. Healthy paranoia may lead a potential client to call a private investigator, who may find nothing wrong at all, or have the potential to discover that this person is already married, has been convicted of domestic violence, or has committed fraud against a former partner. You may be able to help someone be that cat that peeks over the fence before jumping into the unknown, and show them that having healthy paranoia can be, well, HEALTHY!
Debra Allen is a California and Arizona Licensed Private Investigator specializing in Post Adoption Search and Reunions.
If you were adopted and looking for your birth family or you are looking for a family member that was adopted, I can help. Received your DNA test results and not sure what to do next or what the results mean? With thousands of successful reunions to my credit, I know I can get you answers! Our office also offers the following services, Arizona Bail Bond Service, Allen Traffic Survival School, Legal Document Preparation, and home of PI Cruises where you learn and earn continuing education units at sea.