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A question [Apr. 8th, 2005|12:16 am]
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Do you think there is ever a circumstance where/when delusion/psychosis is functional?

[User Picture]From: aberwak
2005-04-08 02:08 pm (UTC)
I think Joan of Arc might agree with this. Most of the time, depending on the exact delusion or psychosis, it withdrawls people from reality. I think in some cases, it might make individuals more aware of reality in some fashion. I think paranoia can create alertness. However, only in mild-moderate doses can this happen before the individual withdrawls into their paranoid alternative reality.

Even schizophrenia can allow functionality. If the voices or hallucinations fit within this reality, it could potentially allow for more a new perception on things. Perhaps the voices, in some capacity, can act like guides. I doubt this is much of a case for a real schizophrenic, but Joan of Arc's thought of to have heard the voice of god. Also, I'd like to point to the tv show Wonderfalls, where inanimate objects tell Jaye what to do in order to help people. (It didn't take long for me to bring in a tv reference, did it?)
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[User Picture]From: anima
2005-04-08 09:44 pm (UTC)
I agree that psychosis can raise a persons perception. Although not while immersed completely in an alternate reality. Speaking from personal experience, once a person experiences an alternate reality, their perception once they regain some form of sanity, is definitely changed. Hopefully in a good way.
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