The Lingering Paranoia
Living in a constant state of suspicion can leave a lasting impact even after leaving the island. Former contestant Rick Devens shared his personal struggle with readjustment. Returning to his newscaster job, he found it challenging to switch off the game mode. Recalling an incident, he said, “I greeted my co-anchor Ashley and our morning reporter Amaris, but when I saw them leaving the studio together, a thought crossed my mind: ‘They’re plotting against me.'” The lingering paranoia from Survivor can make it difficult to fully let go and trust others, even in everyday situations.