Psychology

The Truman Show Delusion

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The Truman Show delusion was first described by brothers Joel and Ian Gold in 2006. Since then, they've researched more than 100 relevant cases, and claim that the delusion is proof of culture's influence on our minds. They chose the delusion's name based on the fact that three out of five of Joel Gold's initial patients referenced The Truman Show when describing their experiences.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. 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

  2. Delusions aren't mental illnesses in their own right—they're typically symptoms of a larger condition. 01:52

  3. One theory postulates that delusions arise when the brain's suspicion system wins out over its reflective system. 03:35

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