"The Truman Show" came out in 1998, and proved two things: first, that Jim Carrey could be funny without talking from his butt, and second, that people were fascinated with the idea of a show depicting somebody's "real" life. But it kicked off another phenomenon besides the stampede of reality TV that's been going on ever since. It inspired an entirely new psychological disorder.
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The Truman Show Delusion
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People with the Truman Show delusion believe that they are the star of a movie or television show, and that everyone they know is an actor. 01:09
Delusions aren't mental illnesses in their own right—they're typically symptoms of a larger condition. 01:52
One theory postulates that delusions arise when the brain's suspicion system wins out over its reflective system. 03:35
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