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Q. Conspiracy Love: My fiance and I are about to be married. We are both very opposite when it comes to our philosophy. I have been involved with the government for over 20 years in one capacity or another. He has always worked for himself and has never really been on his own. (He still lives with his parents.) I see the world as "bad things sometimes happen to good people" or "bad things happen to bad people." He sees the world as if something bad happens, the U.S. government or some ruling family is behind it. For example, he believes that Charlie Sheen wasn't always crazy and that someone targeted him to make him look crazy because he said that 9/11 was an "inside job." He believes that the earthquake in Japan was caused by the U.S. government using a large antenna array, called HAARP, to target the Japanese and cause nuclear power to be vilified or for some other nefarious purpose. He focuses on it so much (every conversation is about subjects such as these), instead of the things he should be focusing on, that it scares me. I've never seen any evidence to support such philosophy, but it is out there on the Internet. I'm not sure what to do anymore. I don't want to wake up one day with him moving us to some other place because he suspec9ts we are being targeted for depopulation. Everything that happens is taken at less than face value and there is always an underlying plot of some kind. Not sure quite what to do.
A: Charlie Sheen is rich and famous, and crazy, but the rich and famous part helps explain why women keep marrying him. Your fiance isn't rich and famous. So you need to call off the wedding and figure out why you were planning to marry someone who is mentally ill.
What's behind internet conspiracy empires?
"Most people with major mental illness don't believe in conspiracy theories," said Dr. Ken Duckworth, medical director of the National Alliance of Mental Illness.
Q. Dad's E-Mail Again: For what it's worth, it was clear from the e-mail that it was a legitimate reply to a query my father sent, and not a spammer. But I'm hoping that nothing ever came of it, and I'll try to apply liberal amounts of brain bleach. Thanks. A: What was Dad going to do, say, "Hey, I'll run out for bagels!" then hook up with Ivanka? Brain disinfectant is a good idea!
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Xiizhan
Actually, I think I have to agree with Prudence here. A man of marrying age that still lives with his parents and has never lived on his own, and supposedly looks for someone else to blame in every tragedy sounds mentally ill to me.
It isn't so much the Conspiracy Theory part, as it is the personal responsibility part. She should not marry him, so it was good advice for her to decide why she was considering marrying this loser in the first place.
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
reply to post by BenIndaSun
Most of the conspiracys they subscribe to are fragmented and rarely appear to follow any sort of coherent logical theory. Unlike people such as ourselves (most of us), analysing facts and trying to piece together some version of the truth. The patients conspiracys are also generally personalised, and stem from delusions of persecution.
What's behind internet conspiracy empires? ( for this article)
Duckworth argued that most mentally ill people create conspiracy theories that are self-centric, such as, "the mailman is after me," not inclusive such as, "the postal workers are all out to get us by 2015."