Be Mindful Of Your Delusions

I am seeing in the human collective, including in myself, that we humans have a penchant for deluding ourselves and living with and in delusions. What is a delusion and why is it important to be aware of our own delusions and delusions of others?

A delusion is a human misguided way of thinking or mental disorder that something is our reality when it actually is not. This is where a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. When we are delusional, we believe that the so-called fictional reality we made up or was foisted upon us is the real one while ignoring what’s very apparent. There are many different types of delusions including erotomanic, grandiose, jealous, persecutory, somatic and mixed. Let’s take the example of an erotomaniacal delusion. In this type of delusional disorder, the person believes that another person, often someone important or famous, is in love with him or her. 

Why it’s important to be aware of our delusions and the delusions of others is because delusions cause us to be locked in a cognitive trap that keeps us off balance, keeps us dissatisfied, unhappy, depressed..We live in a misguided world, a world of misperceptions. For the sake of this discussion, I would like to refer to the normal mental affliction of delusional thinking and not the more severe form of mental illness because I believe there is a distinction in degree.  When we are in what I call normal delusion, I believe that we can shift out of it ourselves through our own ratiocination and perhaps with the help of a counselor or therapist. In the more severe mental illness, that’s where deeper and more consistent intervention is necessary. I am not a psychiatrist and I realize this discussion is a slippery slope so I will hold my remarks to those of us that don’t have a severe mental disorder of delusion. 

What am I saying here? I am saying to look at your beliefs, your thoughts, your circumstances and be honest with yourself and see if you are deluding yourself about something going on in your life. Ask yourself if a thing is true. Do your own research on the thing. Talk to your family and friends who you trust about your perceptions and come to terms with what’s really going on instead of living in a delusion. I’m saying don’t delude yourself whether it’s personal, spiritual, medical, financial, social, political or communal.

I didn’t say getting out of your delusions was going to be easy and I can say, from my own breaking free of delusional thinking that life on the other side of delusional thinking and behavior is much clearer, happier and more abundant.

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