“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”—Aldous Huxley
Experts at the CDC are very concerned about the outbreak of Telepathy Delusion Disorder (TDD) across the nation. Those affected by TDD believe they can perceive what others think, believe, and intend without asking them. CDC noted small numbers of TDD victims prior to 2008, but the disorder has spread exponentially in recent years.
Efforts to stem the epidemic have been futile. Those afflicted show 100% resistance/non-compliance when offered treatment.
TDD can affect:
- Perception – Distrust, misinterpretation, ascribed motives, inferred intentions, ability to read the thoughts of others.
- Thinking – miscomprehension, non-fact reasoning, conflation of concepts, objectifying others, certainty that their beliefs and opinions are facts
- Language – Word choices, profanity, accusations, name-calling, generalizations, labeling, expression, and understanding
- Emotion – Angry attitude, personality changes, aggression, acting out, arrogance, and social inappropriateness
- Judgement – Loss of logical function, rash conclusions, spontaneous attacks
Those with TDD can seem completely normal until the disorder is triggered by others, or events that disagree with their delusion. Once triggered, no amount of information can dispel their beliefs. They may vigorously proclaim and defend the world as they see it, despite facts to the contrary. Because of this, they tend to congregate and socialize with others who share the same disorder.
What TDDs have in common is that they believe:
- All the non-afflicted agree with them.
- Their opinions and beliefs are absolute truth.
- They can read minds
- They objectify opponents
- They can detect the intentions of large amorphous groups
- They know what is best and the best ways to do it
- They must thwart those with opposing ideas
- They must be extreme in word and deed
Two opposite and intolerant variants of the disorder have arisen, based on core beliefs: TDD-L(eft) and TDD-R(ight). They attack, and reinforce each other; they intentionally try to infect others.
The CDC offers these suggestions to avoid being infected and to treat those afflicted who are willing.
- Practice separating provable facts from opinions, beliefs, and assertions.
- Practice asking what people they think, rather than “mind-reading.”
- Avoid willful ignorance of facts that conflict with your beliefs
- Investigate your important beliefs to better define and shape them.