Semi–Delusional Thinking

Delusional thinking is generally defined as a fixed idea or belief that can’t be modified by any evidence to the contrary. In addition, such thinking, when it becomes part of an organization of psychotic thought process, effects our functioning in life.

Since we human beings are really different from each other in degree and not in kind (as psychiatry postulates), almost all of us are subject to some measure of delusional thinking. That is, we hold onto some idea(s) or belief(s) contrary to the evidence.

By the time we reach the age of seven or eight we have become complete humans. Along with this development our essential belief systems are in place. Once they are in place they remain fixed and become the basis for our attitudes and actions until and unless some event of major magnitude intervenes to change the rules. Barring that sort of circumstance, nothing, no evidence to the contrary, will budge us off a held idea or belief.

Consequently, we are walking around with semi–delusional thoughts that have some impact in⁄on our lives, although unlike the unfortunate soul sitting in a state mental hospital, they haven’t invaded our everyday life to bring decay into our existence. Nonetheless, there is some price to pay for such thinking, often with some really injurious results. Case in point: "There are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq". Contrary to the evidence, a mass delusion set in, leading the way into a seemingly interminable devastating war.

Moral of the story: Let he who is free of error cast the first stone. We are all guilty of condoning such delusional thinking.