Paranoia is nothing more than an extreme form of rationalization. When a person is under constant attack and anxious, being threatened for being gay, for being black, that person starts to suspect everyone and everything as “hurting” them. The "teabag movement" in the United States is a postcard expression of paranoia (fueled by rationalization)—they are threatened by a black president, socialism, femo-nazis, etc. As Stanton Peele wrote “Something beyond our control will cause us harm” and “Paranoia has a way of feeding off itself - leading people to act in ways that support the paranoid delusions that assail them.” A nervous breakdown may be nothing more than a failure of the brain to rationalize. A forcing of answers—yet a failure to find answers to the problems plaguing them… “paranoia includes the idea that the bad things are due to a single, identifiable source. This force could be a religion, a person or a group of people, a political ideology, or an agency or organization. Paranoia is generally a delusional state.” Hallucinations and delusions are the black hole of rationalization. It's immense gravity requires tranquilizers to stop it. When you’re not certain about something, when something is vague and unclear, do not rationalize. Do not assume. Relax and accept you don’t have an answer. In fact, assume most people support you. Even if they're not vocal. It's probably the truth.