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Stephanie Warner PSY 242C Dr. David Knight November 6 th , 2007 Discussion Question # 7 The diagnosis of certain disorders such as schizophrenia involves delusions-beliefs that are untrue. Many if these delusions are religious in nature or paranoid, involving the belief that someone or some agency is out to do you harm. Sometimes people are out to do you harm. The scientist Richard Dawkins says God is a delusion. What is real? How do you draw a clear line between a delusion and a religious belief of suspiciousness with some basis on reality? Something is real when it is based on fact or actuality. It has a verified existence and is not illusory. In the context of mental illness, a person knows something is real when no one else is seeing, hearing, experiencing the things they are. A delusion is a false idea typically originating from a misinterpretation but firmly believed and strongly maintained in spite of contradictory proof or evidence. In the context of mental illness a
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Unformatted text preview: delusion is usually something in religious or paranoid nature, involving the belief that someone or some agency is out to do you harm. I think it is extremely hard to draw a clear line between a delusion and a religious belief of suspiciousness with some basis on reality. Some religious in the world have some very far out beliefs, but the difference between these beliefs and a delusion can be found. Religious beliefs are beliefs that more than one person holds. A delusion is a belief only one person holds. The religious beliefs may not be based on a fact but multiple people believe in it so therefore it cannot be a delusion. Whereas, a delusion that someone is out to do you harm is only held by that one individual and not multiple people. This would be the only way that you could draw a line between delusions and religious beliefs of suspiciousness with some basis on reality....
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