Paranoid Delusions of Mentally Ill Starting to Incorporate ‘Reality Show’ Culture



Smart little piece on delusional thinking and reality shows over at Aeon:

Via Aeon:

Clinical psychiatry papers rarely make much of a splash in the wider media, but it seems appropriate that a paper entitled ‘The Truman Show Delusion: Psychosis in the Global Village’, published in the May 2012 issue of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, should have caused a global sensation. Its authors, the brothers Joel and Ian Gold, presented a striking series of cases in which individuals had become convinced that they were secretly being filmed for a reality TV show.

In one case, the subject travelled to New York, demanding to see the ‘director’ of the film of his life, and wishing to check whether the World Trade Centre had been destroyed in reality or merely in the movie that was being assembled for his benefit. In another, a journalist who had been hospitalised during a manic episode became convinced that the medical scenario was fake and that he would be awarded a prize for covering the story once the truth was revealed. Another subject was actually working on a reality TV series but came to believe that his fellow crew members were secretly filming him, and was constantly expecting the This-Is-Your-Life moment when the cameras would flip and reveal that he was the true star of the show.

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Come back and click through for several of my favorite “reality” show moments. Note: I freaking hate reality TV with every bit of my soul.

Apropos of nothing (or very little, really), here’s friend of Disinfo Duncan Trussell’s parody of reality television: Kidnapped!

Oh! And my very “favorite” reality show meltdown:


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13 Comments on "Paranoid Delusions of Mentally Ill Starting to Incorporate ‘Reality Show’ Culture"

  1. Chys0poeia | Aug 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm |

    Self fulfilling prophecy, that.

  2. DeepCough | Aug 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm |

    “You say that the government is watching and cataloguing every single thing you
    do? That there is a program to monitor all of your actions in public as well as
    private? It appears that you are suffering from a delusional disorder called Orwell’s Syndrome.”

    • Anarchy Pony | Aug 24, 2013 at 11:42 pm |

      Today we are all suffering from Orwell’s Syndrome.

    • kowalityjesus | Aug 26, 2013 at 3:58 am |

      I used to ‘suffer’ from this. I still can’t tell you whether it was true or not hahaha. I remember being asked by a shrink “do you think there are cameras in your room” and I answered, “if there’s anybody monitoring me, they are using something more advanced than cameras.” So it gives me an extra dose of hilarity to read about someone who thinks the WTC collapse was faked as a contrivance toward their perspective.

      I could feel my soul being poisoned by both of those TV clips. God have mercy upon these people, my people.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Aug 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm |

    TV in general creates paranoid delusions en masse

    (we’ll be right back after a word…)

  4. candice lewis | Aug 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm |

    there is a truth to every fact..

  5. atlanticus | Aug 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm |

    I thought I was being filmed for a secret TV show before The Truman Show came out and long before reality TV (except Real World, I guess). I thought there were cameras in the vents, which I’ve since discovered is a symptom of schizophrenia.

    Good thing I don’t believe that anymore. >_>

    (You’re not fooling me! This article was for my benefit!! Why do you taunt meEeee??!)

  6. The Well Dressed Man | Aug 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm |

    At what point does the creeping panopticon complete the transformation of existence into media? Surveillance entertainment? Media is the message indeed. What would it take for a “Guy Debord thou art avenged” moment?

  7. Starting?

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