Religion as a mental disorder
Following on from Brian and Kellys video on this topic. I thought it might be worth a further discusion.
The wiki gives the following as signs of delusional disorder.
- The patient expresses an idea or belief with unusual persistence or force.
Hmmmm sound familiar people?
2. That idea appears to exert an undue influence on his or her life, and the way of life is often altered to an inexplicable extent.
3. Despite his profound conviction, there is often a quality of secretiveness or suspicion when the patient is questioned about it.
hmmmm anyone ever encountered a theist being evasive about their beliefs? Anyone ever found a thesist being suspicious of those who question their beliefs?
4 The individual tends to be humorless and oversensitive, especially about the belief.
Ahahhahahahah oh yes! Look at the recent terminal sense of humor failure over Kathy Griffin for concrete proof of this one.
5.There is a quality of centrality: no matter how unlikely it is that these strange things are happening to him, the patient accepts them relatively unquestioningly.
It just gets better and better really doesn't it.
6. Any attempt to contradict the belief is likely to arouse an inappropriately strong emotional reaction, often with irritability and hostility.
Dude I would swear that this wiki entry was actually about religious beliefs
7.belief is, at the least, unlikely.
Its at least unlikley! Try down right impossible.
8.The patient is emotionally over-invested in the idea and it overwhelms other elements of his psyche (psychology).
9. The delusion, if acted out, often leads to behaviors which are abnormal and/or out of character, although perhaps understandable in the light of the delusional beliefs.
10. Individuals who know the patient will observe that his belief and behavior are uncharacteristic and alien.
Any one ever seen any changes in character in those that convert?