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Delusions like “mind control”, persecution anxiety, and the internet
Posted: 13 November 2008 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Interesting article in The New York Times about the role of internet in creating communities of people who believe they are the victims of mind control and stalking by the government.

The article discusses the pro’s and con’s of the formation of these internet communities: do they feed the delusions of these people, or do they help?

Identified by some psychologists and psychiatrists as part of an

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The Kruger-Dunning effect is rampant on internet fora.
J. Kruger & D. Dunning (1999), Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. J Pers Soc Psychol. 77, 1121-1134

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Posted: 13 November 2008 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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*checks crystal implants and anal probes for abnormalities*

I’m ok.  confused

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Posted: 19 November 2008 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The extent of the community, Dr. Bell said, poses a paradox to the traditional way delusion is defined under the diagnostic guidelines of the American Psychiatric Association, which says that if a belief is held by a person

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So I can just type anything and it will show up here?

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Posted: 19 November 2008 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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So, the statement, “I reject your reality and substitute my own” is factual?

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Posted: 19 November 2008 12:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Apparently it works fine for a whole lot of people.

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Posted: 19 November 2008 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Fine ... there are a whole lotta delusions I want out of my reality - STAT!

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