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Modern society is making us increasingly paranoid and more prone to feelings of persecution and threat, according to a study.
Experts used to think such thoughts were normally confined to people with serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia.
But a new study, involving a "virtual" journey on the London underground, suggests that around a third of ordinary people regularly have moments of paranoia.
"Paranoid thoughts are often triggered by ambiguous events such as people looking in one's direction or hearing laughter in a room, but it is very difficult to recreate such social interactions," said Dr Daniel Freeman, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.
Modern society is making us increasingly paranoid and more prone to feelings of persecution and threat , according to a study.