Unannounced visits or encounters can be disconcerting. One can’t be sure of the motive of the visitor or the person approaching and certainly can’t be aware of the motive of a dog or other unfamiliar animal. Suspicions arise when one can’t see any indication in a person’s or animal’s body language whether they are friendly and are coming with good intentions or not. Of course one doesn’t generally encounter family and friends in a way that makes them seem dangerous, but sometimes one becomes suspicious anyway. Unfounded suspicion can be traced to a number of things, primarily a lack of trust. This lack of trust is not a trait that anyone was born with, but is a learned characteristic; learned from repeated disappointments in close friends and family that affected them physically, mentally, or emotionally. When one’s trust is abused it is very difficult to face anyone without a display of suspicion or at least a pronounced wariness. There are also those individuals who choose to fight fire with fire and will go on the attack once they have identified a suspicious character. It is very hard to communicate effectively with people whose suspicion is ingrained, and even more so if you are a suspicious person yourself. Without communication there is a definite loss any way to resolve differences or to avoid confrontation. Those who don’t suffer from global suspicion have a responsibility to help allay those suffering from uncontrolled suspicion, if possible which is quite difficult since each person’s suspicions and lack of trust developed differently. Can you think of a strategy to help those troubled with unbridled suspicion?