Paragon was somewhat reluctant heroine. For a long time she was a thief (Catwoman-esque - not evil, but selfish). Self-reliant and untrusting (because she has been hurt badly in the past). The role of Paragon is thrust upon her when the previous Paragon dies - she has to step up to save the day, but she's not used to taking responsibility for anything or anyone other than herself. There's also the wrinkle that if she commits a crime, she temporarily loses her powers (so she's not able to continue with her thief career). She's used to being smart, confident (a little overconfident), and self-reliant. Now, she finds herself a little out of her depth.