Technology's role in delusional thinking.

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
Of relevance to subjects we deal with here is an article exploring the role cutting-edge technology has played in persecution fantasies.

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/altered-states/how-reality-caught-up-with-paranoid-delusions/
 

Pete Tar

Senior Member.
That's slightly different I think, though related. That's a way for technology to have the effects of a crowd on isolated individuals, so you could almost have crowd-based hysteria spread by communications technology.

In the context of co-opting technology to flesh out depersonalisation delusions, you might think you-tube is programming you or communicating to you by their playlist suggestions, and you would feel each video was destined for you and had a personal secret message meant for you. Or that by watching anything on a computer screen the signal coming from the screen (the frame rate HZ) was controlling your brain waves.
 

JRBids

Senior Member.
It certainly has a parallel in the Targeted Individuals group, who believe their landlady is beaming magnetic mind control waves into their apartment.
 

David Fraser

Senior Member.
Off topic but the article mentions James Tilly Matthews, who as an inmate was extremely important in the history of psychiatry. He was one of the first to have concise clinical notes written about them as well as one of the earliest diagnoses of schizophrenia. His "air loom" seems to have been a to express his paranoia about the staff. There is a good copy and description at this site.
http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/179/3/0.1.full

I think today it would still be a little out there ;-) It really is an interesting story with a neat twist. A Dr Haslam was writing down everything Matthews did, which he later published. However Matthews was reciprocating and writing down everything that Haslam did which was later produced to an inquiry and was used to get Haslam the sack.
 

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