I'm with most of you that hate being in large crowds, too many people to keep track of. I am a naturally overly alert person, I have a tendency to "analyze" everyone around me. I don't consider it as being paranoid as it is something I have done for as long as I can remember. I just like knowing what the people around me are up to.
Thats not being paranoid or anything.
In a mall there are alot of people and knowing who and what is around you is a good thing. I over analyze everthing too and its helped me not get robbed a couple times.
Plus there is alot of girls in malls thats always a plus when your single and looking for a girl thats your type to ask out.
As for the book "Teeth of a Tiger" by Tom Clancy its a pretty interesting book make a good read in a long car trip