Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Living outside the box

Do you think your parents are imposters or a celebrity is sending you secret messages? When you do an Internet search do you find conspiracy theories or suspect your computer is being monitored by a secret agency? Have you introduced yourself as Napoleon or told people you are close friends with Oprah?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may suffer from one of 15 Truly Bizarre Mental Delusions.

When you are delusional, you lose the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy. Sufferers stumble through life, constricted by pseudo-worlds of their own making. Although the term was first coined in 1977, symptoms of delusion have been recorded for over 150 years.

Here's one example:
1. Capgras Delusion
In the heat of an argument it’s normal to want to disown your parents or kids, but for the sufferer of Capgras delusions that feeling never goes away.

It’s commonly caused when the “wire” that connects the visual section of the brain to the emotional section is damaged. As a result, the sufferer sees their loved ones but no emotional response is triggered; they truly believe that the person in front of them is nothing more than an imposter.


macbros said...

#3 is mine. But Not completely Truman Show. I also think that all my great ideas are used by famous people, like song lyrics, music, and inventive ideas.

Hence the tinfoil hat that I wear all the time.


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