Page 1 of 1 [ 7 posts ] 

FranzOren
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 10 Jun 2019
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,162

13 Dec 2023, 9:31 pm

I went through many different delusions and because of that, I don't know how to separate fantasies from reality.



flubbedcobra
Emu Egg
Emu Egg

Joined: 14 Sep 2019
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Posts: 8
Location: Maine

14 Dec 2023, 7:26 am

I've had these same issues before. Sometimes reality itself can seem inherently elastic. I'm reminded of a quote from Penn Jillette:

"My BS detector works first of all...if there's something you really want to believe that's what you should question the most."

I tend to agree with Penn on that one.

On a side note, looking into cognitive distortions can also be helpful. EG see here



belijojo
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 4 Dec 2023
Age: 20
Gender: Male
Posts: 906

14 Dec 2023, 7:34 am

I'm not sure how severe your symptoms are, but my suggestion is to carry a small notebook with you and record every event that is closest to reality. For example, if you hear someone insulting you when you are alone in the room, this is obviously an illusion.
But as I said, I have never had severe hallucinations, so I cannot guarantee whether the suggestions will be effective.


_________________
Enjoy discussing politics, sometimes have to beat around the bush.
Often use wrong words, really sorry


FranzOren
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 10 Jun 2019
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,162

14 Dec 2023, 6:02 pm

Thanks! I will do.



shortfatbalduglyman
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 4 Mar 2017
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Posts: 9,751

14 Dec 2023, 8:44 pm

Nobody is perfect

Nobody deals with "reality" perfectly

There is only one "reality"

There are many different ways to phrase "reality" in words

Everyone has subconscious biases

Nobody's thinking is *always* accurate to reality

Someone once had the nerve to tell me "you have a hard time dealing with reality". (Correct)

However if I were a skinny smart handsome cisgender neurotypical white man, like him, maybe I would find it easier to deal with "reality"



FranzOren
Veteran
Veteran

Joined: 10 Jun 2019
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,162

14 Dec 2023, 9:21 pm

shortfatbalduglyman wrote:
Nobody is perfect

Nobody deals with "reality" perfectly

There is only one "reality"

There are many different ways to phrase "reality" in words

Everyone has subconscious biases

Nobody's thinking is *always* accurate to reality

Someone once had the nerve to tell me "you have a hard time dealing with reality". (Correct)

However if I were a skinny smart handsome cisgender neurotypical white man, like him, maybe I would find it easier to deal with "reality"


It's just that the way I mix fantasies with reality is overwhelming and distressing, although what you explained is very interesting.



flubbedcobra
Emu Egg
Emu Egg

Joined: 14 Sep 2019
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Posts: 8
Location: Maine

15 Dec 2023, 6:42 am

Quote:
Nobody is perfect

Nobody deals with "reality" perfectly

There is only one "reality"

There are many different ways to phrase "reality" in words

Everyone has subconscious biases

Nobody's thinking is *always* accurate to reality

Someone once had the nerve to tell me "you have a hard time dealing with reality". (Correct)

However if I were a skinny smart handsome cisgender neurotypical white man, like him, maybe I would find it easier to deal with "reality"


Reminds me of Socrates. He had a voice in his head too (his "daimon"). He evoked a dialectic (the Socratic method) in order to seek to define what is real.

Quote:
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates