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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

How Normal Are Your Weirdest Thoughts?

Ever wonder how normal or abnormal your most bizarre thoughts are? That's more or less what Rachel Pechey and Peter Halligan, of the University of Cardiff, wanted to try to find out in 2011 in their study published in Psychopathology. They asked people to rate 17 statements in terms of how strongly they could identify with the statement. Here are the statements and the percentage response rates:

Belief
weak
moderate
strong
total
You are dead and/or do not exist
3.2
1.3
0.9
5.4
Relatives or close friends are sometimes replaced by identical-looking impostors
3.4
2.0
0.4
5.8
Part of your body does not belong to you
3.0
2.0
1.1
6.1
Some well-known celebrity is secretly in love with you
4.9
1.0
1.0
6.9
You are infested by parasites
5.7
3.9
2.8
12.4
The world is about to end
7.6
3.6
1.7
12.9
The reflection in the mirror is sometimes not you
7.1
8.7
2.6
18.4
People you know disguise themselves as others to manipulate or influence you
10.6
9.9
4.4
24.9
Some people are duplicated, i.e. are in 2 places at the same time
12.4
9.7
4.1
26.2
There is another person who looks and acts like you
13.0
14.3
5.4
32.7
Your thoughts are not fully under your control
12.3
15.1
6.2
33.6
Certain people are out to harm or discredit you
14.8
12.5
6.5
33.8
People say or do things that contain special messages for you
14.4
17.1
7.0
38.5
Certain places are duplicated, i.e. are in 2 different locations at the same time
14.3
17.6
6.8
38.7
You are an exceptionally gifted person that others do not recognize
17.0
19.7
3.8
40.5
You are not in control of some of your actions
15.4
18.1
10.8
44.3
Your body or part of your body is misshapen or ugly
14.0
21.6
10.8
46.4

Statements in italics are considered "bizarre" by DSM standards.

For more (including the link to the Psychopathology paper), see full discussion today at:
http://hackyourdepression.com/2015/04/how-common-are-delusional-thoughts/

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