What I thought was paranoia was actually latent warranted fears.
Have you ever played a guy you knew you could beat and allowed him counter-play just for the fun of it? I did that very thing tonight and found that even if I give a little bit of counterplay, the guy who doesn't know nearly as much chess as I do, is usually going to make other mistakes that compound into a very easy win for me. Although my win was commanding, his greatest fear of a back rank check that I felt amounted to nothing and dismissed it as a spite check, after further analysis, with more errors on his part, proved to be a decisive blow landing me a queen for a rook, which would pretty much further cement my win. Of course, dumb me wouldn't have seen that I could grab the queen, and I would have just dilly dotted around and won the game through mere attrition rather than an outright blow to the face.