Effect of culture to delusions: Introduction of the Truman Show delusion

ÉJ Júlia Varga, Róbert Herold, T. Tényi

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Abstract

"People accepts the reality of the unfolded world" - says Peter Weir in his writing from 1998. The movie Truman Show demonstrates the life of a man, who - without knowing that - lived his life more than thirty years long at real time in a reality show. We could see the Truman Show delusion in international scientific literature in the past years, like a new, cultural formed shape of persecutory and grandiose delusions. The background of its maturation is given by the changed social norms and cultural effects, what let anybody to may get celebrity - without any vocation or hard work - within fifteen minutes and turning into the focus of millions. Patients, whom looking for the meaning of the feeling of "being changed" (depersonalisation, derealisation) constantly finds the answers in a kind of a directed reality, broadcasted by the television or other medias, where the people round them are playing pre-written roles. Similar as the Capgras sympton - they are different compared what they sound to be, need to execute tasks to avoid the unknown threats or gaining rewards. The paper gives not only a short overview about this rare psychopathological symptom, but also introduces this through three case studies observed at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Pecs, Hungary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatria Hungarica : A Magyar Pszichiatriai Tarsasag tudomanyos folyoirata
Volume31
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 2016

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Depersonalization
Delusions
Literature
Hungary
Television
Motion Pictures
Reward
Occupations
Psychotherapy
Psychiatry
Emotions
Social Norms

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