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Useful Delusions

Hidden Brain

5 Apr 2021

49mins

Owltail Summaries

1 quote, 3 ideas & 1 question from each episode

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Useful Delusions

5 Apr 2021

49mins

Weekly hand curated podcast episodes for learning

Quote

"Our perception isn't reality, but how we perceive something changes how we respond. How we respond affects reality"

Ideas

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When we are in the grip of fear or terror, anxiety or loneliness, we're far more likely to reach for belief that allow us to cope.
The reason why we often become deluded is because there's an underlying grief or vulnerability that we're trying to find a deal to respond to. And when we're outside of that grief, if we don't share in that grief, it's easy to look down at people who believe in certain delusions. And only when we're in those same situations ourselves, do we realise how easy it is to turn to such beliefs.

Bringing more compassion and empathy, as opposed to judgement when viewing those who have been deceived, is what's going to likely lead to all of us collectively dismantling dangerous delusions.

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When we are in the grip of fear or terror, anxiety or loneliness, we're far more likely to reach for belief that allow us to cope.
The reason why we often become deluded is because there's an underlying grief or vulnerability that we're trying to find a deal to respond to. And when we're outside of that grief, if we don't share in that grief, it's easy to look down at people who believe in certain delusions. And only when we're in those same situations ourselves, do we realise how easy it is to turn to such beliefs.

Bringing more compassion and empathy, as opposed to judgement when viewing those who have been deceived, is what's going to likely lead to all of us collectively dismantling dangerous delusions.

2

When we think about the delusions, we're often so focused on the content of the delusions, that we forget to ask the deeper psychological question of what purpose the delusion serves in the first place.
Understanding the function and purpose of a delusion, doesn't mean you need to agree with it. You can still think it's a delusion, but understanding it and gives you tools to potentially dismantle dangerous delusions and embrace useful ones.

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When we think about the delusions, we're often so focused on the content of the delusions, that we forget to ask the deeper psychological question of what purpose the delusion serves in the first place.
Understanding the function and purpose of a delusion, doesn't mean you need to agree with it. You can still think it's a delusion, but understanding it and gives you tools to potentially dismantle dangerous delusions and embrace useful ones.

3

Even when deceptions are unmasked, many of us are unwilling to let go, the reason isn't because we're foolish, it's because those beliefs and delusions, are often tied up with things that have become important to us.
To challenge those self deceptions, also means challenging the relationships we've built through those beliefs, as well as admitting that we were once deluded.

3

Even when deceptions are unmasked, many of us are unwilling to let go, the reason isn't because we're foolish, it's because those beliefs and delusions, are often tied up with things that have become important to us.
To challenge those self deceptions, also means challenging the relationships we've built through those beliefs, as well as admitting that we were once deluded.

Questions

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Can you think of a self delusion that is useful?

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Can you think of a self delusion that is useful?

What else is in the episode

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What it means to be mentally healthy, and wow those with mental health issues might be the ones with a more accurate view of reality.

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What it means to be mentally healthy, and wow those with mental health issues might be the ones with a more accurate view of reality.

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How not all self delusions are bad, and examples of both good and bad self delusions.

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How not all self delusions are bad, and examples of both good and bad self delusions.

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How self delusions are everywhere in life, many in places we don't even realise.

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How self delusions are everywhere in life, many in places we don't even realise.

Who is Hidden Brain?

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His work revolves around covering unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. - Journalist, writer, and science correspondent and host of the Hidden Brain podcast. - Author of Hidden Brain (our Unconscious Minds) & Useful delusions

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His work revolves around covering unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships. - Journalist, writer, and science correspondent and host of the Hidden Brain podcast. - Author of Hidden Brain (our Unconscious Minds) & Useful delusions

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