How Suspicious Or Trusting You Are

What Causes A Suspicious Nature?

A suspicious nature can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose a suspicious nature, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "a suspicious nature" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Paranoia
  • Atherosclerosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
heart attack(s) in father
hydrogenated fat consumption
heart disease in family members
poorly controlled diabetes
very angry/hostile disposition
schizophrenia in family members
reasonably controlled diabetes
very low HDL cholesterol level
low aerobic exercise level
being a motivated person
poor ability to relax
very high LDL cholesterol level
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of a suspicious nature:
Cause Probability Status
Paranoia 99% Confirm
Atherosclerosis 72% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mind Health section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about how suspicious or trusting you are:
Do you tend to be suspicious of other people, or trusting?
Possible responses:
→ I'm always suspicious of people and their motives
→ Often suspicious
→ I'm average, careful / don't know
→ A bit too trusting of others
→ Much too trusting and frequently 'used'
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either a suspicious nature or a trusting nature, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Atherosclerosis

The authors of one study state, "This... study suggests that high hostility levels may contribute to early subclinical atherosclerotic coronary artery disease." According to background information in the study, hostility is a personality and character trait with attitudinal (cynicism and mistrust of others), emotional (anger) and behavioral (overt and repressed aggression) components.  [Journal of the American Medical Association.  2000; 283: pp.2546-51]

Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

Symptoms of paranoid personality disorder include suspicion, concern with hidden motives and expecting to be exploited by others.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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