ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Is it a Delusion or an Illusion?

Updated on September 1, 2013

The delusion is created by oneself.

Few realize that there really is a difference between these two words. One is we create the perception of something ourselves, and the other is where another creates the perception for us. After a long thought process regarding these two words, I realized that I had the two words confused as well. It then lead to further thoughts on how everyone creates both of these depending on the situation.

A delusion is where we create our own reality and how we feel things should be, but there is a fine line where it can be construed as a mental disorder, when we fully lose touch with what is going on around us. Delusions can be created by one’s mind to assist with dealing with a traumatic situation. We all have a delusion or our own perception of how things are. By themselves, delusions aren't necessarily a bad thing. We all create them within our minds. We all have things that could be considered figments of the imagination. Some though get lost in the fantasy and can’t find their way back.


The illusion is created for us

An illusion is where someone deceives with visual stimuli, or even words to create an impression of either themselves or a situation. Again this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is when an illusion is used to misrepresent oneself as one way, when in actuality they are really not that at all. This can be done to manipulate a situation to one’s advantage depending on what is being offered, similar to how a magician uses magic to deceive an audience into thinking what they would like them to believe about the visual enchantment presented.

Then there are the situations where a delusion is created because of an illusion presented. For example, and we have all experienced this, when someone presents themselves as your friend, and says all the things that would make you believe they are who they say they are, you develop a delusion that this person is your friend, and you can trust them with anything, and they are going to be there for you when you need them, and so on and so forth. However, this is a carefully created illusion because they know they have said all the right things, done just enough to assist in keeping the delusion you have going, because they are benefiting in some way from the "friendship", but as time goes on, you begin to see holes in the stories, and the actions don’t fit the words, and slowly it all unravels. Not only for you but for them as well.


Illusions and delusions, more often than not, go hand in hand.

As the illusion begins to unravel, you find that the delusion does as well. No matter how much you may try to hold onto the delusion because the reality of the deception is almost too painful to bear. Because there was trust established, there was a bond that was there, but in the end, the only pain that is there is the holding on. Once you let go of the illusion and the delusion that was created, you find that there is peace, that the pain is no longer there, and you find that the delusions and illusions weren't so hard to let go of after all.

Everyone has been on one side or the other at different times. Sometimes we are the ones who are deluded, and sometimes we are the ones who created the illusions. But over time I’ve begun to understand that these two words go hand in hand. This is so because someone had to create the illusion for one to have a delusion.

To me it is similar to how sometimes we are the one to break up with a significant other or friend, sometimes the situation is reversed. To use a cliché, it is the circle of life. The difference is whether you choose to be a victim, where emotional stagnation happens, where anger, bitterness and negativity, will be your companions, or whether you gain wisdom from the lesson that has been taught and move forward, and have peace, happiness, and positivity as your companions.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • LEWMaxwell profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie Schock 

      5 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      Denise, the only way to help someone is to be there for them, be a shoulder to cry on, don't judge, don't offer advice unless it is requested, and if you had warned the person to be careful, do not say I told you so, because that will only make someone feel worse about themselves and feel more like a failure, which can prolong the healing process. But overall, it is going to take time. How long depends on the person. They are grieving, and everyone grieves in their own time, and in their own way. There isn't a right or a wrong, or a time limit that can be placed on this type of thing. It is all up to the individual.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 

      5 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      How do you help someone who has had this experience, and is coming back from being in a relationship where they have been deceived by another person who presented the illusion of being their friend, and has since shown their true colors. The delusion has been destroyed by the letdown. There is a lot of pain and heartache that need to be overcome.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)