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I'm sorry you find that to be denigrating, but I can't lie, I did think about it as a child and adolescent and used to think about it frequently, and I'm unsure how you can see it as duplicitous as I still like it as an idea now.
The post was meant as a thought, or an idea which i don't expect people to agree or disagree. It's not something that should be taken personally.
I do wonder if some delusions/psychoses may come about due to these psychological techniques being appied, people delving back to thoughts and day-dreams from when they were children as a distraction from emotional trauma. If doing so has a positive effect it may be frequently utilised, and over time the thoughts become more lucid. It may even develop into brief dissociated states of 'acting out' the day-dreams (psychoses).
I have never seen The Truman Show, but I am familiar with the movie. I have two movies I like that have themes that are fairly close; Metropia and Branded.
If you decide to watch either, be prepared, you may need the protection of your tin foil hat.
With that I will leave you with "42". What else can we expect since all of Earth was designed by Deep Thought.
I'll try to clarify, my original post was a general point about the development of delusions and psychoses. As I work with individuals who experience quite aggressive psychotic episodes, it is an interest of mine. Also, as the thread details "The Truman Show Delusion", I felt it was relevant as this belief has been labeled as a delusion in the link in the thread. I have never stated my current opinion on the belief, and I certainly never said all people who believe it are having a psychotic break.
The first thing I thought of when I read the OP's first question, "Do you ever feel like you're being watched?" was that maybe we really are living in a simulation and are only now experiencing "self awareness". Something to think about anyhow!
I've always had this feeling of being watched - for as long as I can remember anyhow, but I never tried to think too deeply about WHO or WHAT was doing the watching!
So I ask.... Could we really just chalk this up to people being nuts? Is there a real reason to question our reality?