Rate each of the following questions from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree):
- For the most part, government serves the interests of a few organized groups, such as business, and isnt very concerned about the needs of people like myself.
- I have trouble doing what I want to do in the world today.
- It is difficult for people such as myself to have much influence in public affairs.
- We seem to live in a pretty irrational and disordered world.
- I dont trust that my closest friends would not lie to me.
According to this Psychology Today article (CHT LRC), your answers determine your degree of susceptibility to paranoid delusions about nonexistent conspiracies. Scores of 5-11 indicate weak susceptibility, 12-18 moderate, and 19-25 strong.
Apart from (5), I doubt that most people could honesty give a low score to these questions unless they just havent been paying attention though (2) seems hopelessly vague. (What do I want to do in the world today? Have lunch? Fly to Venus?) (4) strikes me as a bit odd, since I thought paranoia was supposed to involve seeing more order in the world than is actually there. (It would be a more cheerful thought if a comma were inserted after pretty.)
If I were prone to paranoid delusions, which according to this test I am, I might think its chief purpose was to plant in peoples minds the idea that anyone who thinks that for the most part, government serves the interests of a few organized groups, such as business, and isnt very concerned about the needs of people like myself is delusional.