Despite the reason, we humans can’t keep a secret. We will say it out. The key is for the listener to stop listening and start watching. As a therapist it is certainly better to do this regularly with your clients.
As we know A1 thinking can be magical thinking and this would explain why the paranoid personality can have at times quite bizarre beliefs. Such as thoughts being monitored by people who are not of this earth.
In play children will tend to do what they think is the right thing. Follow formulas that are known to them.
That is of course a Critical Parent to Child transaction. A very difficult transaction to do well. And such a crucial one for parents to master