For years and years, I tried to delete doubt from my life,
tried to eliminate uncertainty.
But it turns out that my favorite poems don’t rhyme.
Solipsism syndrome is a psychological state wherein a person feels that the world is not “real.” It is only marginally related to the philosophical idea of solipsism (only knowing that you yourself exist and having no way to know with certainty that anyone else does).
All of this intrigues me because I myself went through a period of time where I was very detached from real life. In fact, for a time, I honestly wondered if people were really demons who wanted to somehow trick me into hell. There was a part of me that knew it was completely ludicrous. But I couldn’t let go of the idea that I was somehow stuck in my own personal Truman Show hell. I was withdrawn from everyone, living in fear and distrust, sadness and loneliness.
In my completely unprofessional and completely personal opinion, solipsism syndrome has a large connection to Pure O OCD. I am writing a story about a young lady with solipsism syndrome, and to me, it just SCREAMS, “Pure O!” over and over.
To me, the key to putting both OCD and solipsism syndrome under one’s foot is learning to embrace uncertainty.
It sounds so simple, but it’s incredibly hard to do. Cognitive-behavioral therapy was the tool in my life that helped me to do this.