posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 02:54 PM
Seems to be the case that many of us have either personal experience of the mental health system, or have relatives that have worked within it.
My Wife worked in the disturbed ward (lock up) of a large hospital for around 15 years..she'd seen quite a few things over that time. So did i, while
i used to visit while she was at work.
The 'demonic possession' delusion, is exactly what it sounds like, a society induced delusional episode, based on religious / superstitious belief
systems indoctrinated into the children of those already indoctrinated themselves.
If humanity had never dreamt up religion or superstition, but instead had decided dolphins were responsible for the creation of everything, then
nobody would imagine they were seeing or hearing 'demons', but dolphins instead.
Auditory hallucinations would probably take the form of whistles and clicks, instead of biblical demons sitting on your shoulder.
I reckon it's usually the parents or other relatives that cause a Schizophrenia sufferer to see or hear 'demons', due to their own superstitions
and beliefs influencing the subconscious of their kids.
Take the many cases of innocent children being murdered by so-called parents or family, when the family (not the child ironically) determine the
child's unusual behaviour is a case of demonic possession, and proceed to beat the devil out, through litteral torture...very often they kill the
poor kid, not because of a demon, but because they believe what they see is a demon.
The power of belief, can and often does end up in misery and death for these poor people...and the 'devil' doesn't have to lift a finger.
There is another potential source for the symptoms of those with Schizophrenia, apart from parasitic infections (although i still contend this is a
possibility too, or maybe a contributary factor) or so-called demonic possession.
We are all essentially TWO people, in one body in a way. For those readers who may not have heard of this and are screaming 'What?!!' at their
monitors (i do that a lot btw) it is actually a scientific fact...of sorts.
We have what really amounts to two brains...stay with me...a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere, which are for the most part separated right down
the middle of your head, only being joined together by a relatively small bundle of nerves and cells called the 'corpus callosum'.
The corpus callosum, acts as a bridge or highway between the left and right sides of our 'brain(s)' and exchanges informations and sensory input
If there is damage, or another problem with this area..problems occur, with the balance of communication.
A thought or impulse to perform an action (lift an object, scratch your nose, wave hello / goodbye etc.) cannot effectively traverse the 'divide'
and it is entirely possible, that a partially functioning corpus callosum passes scrambled information between each side, and is interpreted by the
recieveing side as external or otherworldly (or yes, demonic), whereas the thought originates in your own mind, but due to a 'blockage' (lack of
available bandwith) isn't recognised as coming from yourself.
I will stress that this is another of my 'out of the box' theories, and while the 'two brains' part is simplified a little, is actually true (as
weird as that seems) the connection at the corpus callosum bridge perhaps being responsible for many forms of mental illness is not proven or
conclusive at all.
Just sharing ideas, that's all