Thought Manipulation And The Psychotic Mind
A common theme amongst people with schizophrenia is that our thoughts are being manipulated by unseen forces. We often find ourselves obsessed with the idea that our thoughts are being erased, inserted and manipulated. Psychiatrists consider these delusions particularly bizarre and to have no basis in reality. I would argue otherwise.
Our Thoughts are Manipulated, Sort of
Every day we are bombarded with commercials, political rhetoric and jargon from people who do not have our best interests in mind. They are used so that our thoughts, ideas and perspective will be fundamentally changed. If it was not for the newspaper articles, books and magazines that we read, our thoughts and ideas would be radically different. In this way our thoughts are constantly manipulated by outside forces.
The Psychotic Mind and Thought Manipulation
People with schizophrenia take the concept of persuasion and misinterpret it in ways that are detrimental to us. We believe that our thoughts are directly being manipulated and that we are not in control of what we think, which could not be further from the truth. No one can force us to think in a particular manner, and yet we remain so convinced otherwise. When is it that we will realize that we are not slaves to our thoughts, but free think and choose as we please?
Thoughts are not objects that can physically be removed, made or rearranged by unseen forces. They are made through choice, experience and rationality. The world may seem more interesting if forces are implanting falsehoods in our heads, but this is simply a delusion that makes us miserable. Why we choose to destroy ourselves with falsehoods, I will never understand. Life is worth living, I choose to think this, and no government agent, thought ray, or alien being, could convince me otherwise.
Hoeweler, D. (2014, May 23). Thought Manipulation And The Psychotic Mind, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/creativeschizophrenia/2014/05/thought-manipulation-and-the-psychotic-mind
Author: Dan Hoeweler
I think you were much more on the track at the beginning. Those who feel much more sensitive to the changes in our thoughts, and much more vulnerable to the manipulation of our thoughts may over react and maybe react differently then the majority.
I agree with you. The schizophrenic mind perceives differently the thoughts. And I believe we are more aware of the influence of media and surroundings.
Out of curiosity sometimes I have the impression that I receive messages. I check the owner and then, well I speak to the person that I can trust of course and they ask me how you know that.
Well welcome to my world. I can perceive a lot of thoughts and emotions, and even I can receive images. My most difficult task is to find the owner and understand the message.
The most common feedback I have received: It is a gift! You should develop it. Or mistrust.
Sometimes I am just tired of this gift. It requires lots of effort to deal with my mind besides takes a lot of my energy and focus. Not always I can distinguish between my thoughts and someone else.
I can do it easier with animals as they express themselves like 'someone has stolen her bone' than I know it is my dog worry with me after I have been robbed.
But yeah why not to perceive it as a gift and not as a torment.
I am looking for people with similar abilities.
But I do see where the TV is influencing Her reality. One day when she was 11 she ran through the house saying George Lopez (a beloved TV show that she had spent the summer watching re-runs of) was following her with a video camera recording everything that she did. for the first year of the illness she believed that all the stars in Hollywood thought bad things of her and hated her because of George Lopez. Even thou she had never met him.
And that was the day that our family was forever altered.