Psychology – Delusion, very much an Oscar material!

Delusion! What a tricky state of mind to be in… being made to believe what is not!

Take the movie 1917 for instance. Its cinematography ruthlessly unleashes this ‘state’ on our unbelieving senses. We do know that the stuff we are seeing just can’t happen. Yet, we just can’t not believe what’s dramatically unfolding right in front of our eyes on an unimaginable scale.

Such formidable feat, designed to perfectly fit the perspective of us watching two British soldiers living their deeply emotional yet valorous moments through a strife filled ‘World War’ event.

This singular focus is almost in exclusivity of all other characters and dreary landscapes seamlessly sliding in and out of the frame around these soldiers. A single – a deludingly single – shot from the first frame till the very last.

Delusion and its beauty!

How we don’t mind voluntarily falling into the trap, despite being fully aware that we are believing something that isn’t true!

If we can let this happen to our senses even when we’re conscious of the technical wizardry at work, how much susceptible should we be to expose ourselves to the invisible, unrecognisable and therefore untraceable forces – collectively called delusion – in psychological and psychiatric terms?

Self perception, for instance.

A hallucinating state of mind that can trick us into believing something that we aren’t. A vision that splits the world into two when others perceive us differently – that is, for what we really are.

This dichotomy can become a ‘condition’ of sorts, more so because it goes undiagnosed thanks to its being untraceable.

Any simple way out? Just cultivate some highly critical levels of self awareness that would put a mirror in front of us. Simple. That will do the trick.

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