Solipsism syndrome is a condition where a person believes that everything she is experiencing is a dream, is inside her head. She believes that reality is not real. She believes that others either don’t exist or that their existence can never be proven.
I have been doing a lot of research on SS lately (for a story I am writing, not because I have been feeling this way), and it is fascinating.
In my wildest OCD days, this idea would sometimes come to me in one variation or another. Some days I would wonder if everything I had “experienced” up until that point was actually a very intricate dream– and when I finally woke up, I would only be a toddler.
I would imagine that everyone who truly entertains ideas like these must either be Pure O or an astronaut. But what do I know?
Solipsism syndrome is hard to argue with– the solipsist will always win any debate, because in the end, she can simply dismiss you– since, of course, you don’t really exist. People affected by this obviously become very withdrawn and experience incredible loneliness. Some people probably think of this idea and can easily dismiss it (it doesn’t feel like I’m living a dream, so I’m just not going to worry about it), but obsessive-compulsives don’t work like that. We hold on. We strangle thoughts. Or let them strangle us.
So, blogging community, here are my questions for you:
* Have you ever experienced anything like this? What was it like for you?
* What helped you to feel less alone?
* Care to share some experiences?
Because SS is not recognized as a psychiatric disorder by the American Psychiatric Association, I am relying on human experiences for much of my research!