Man Who Thought That He Was On The Truman Show Explains Some 'Signs' Of His Delusion
A man who thought that he was on the Truman Show explains some 'signs' of his delusion. It looks like he suffers from Truman Show syndrome.
People with "Truman Show" syndrome believe they have somehow become famous, the stars of a major reality TV show (pay-walled online; worth paying for a paper copy). The name is derived from the 1998 movie in which Jim Carrey experiences exactly that.
Jonny Benjamin, a man who thought that he was on the Truman Show explains some 'signs' of his delusion. Before he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, Jonny Benjamin knew he was different, in part because he thought his life was a copy of Jim Carrey's in the famous movie from the 1990s.
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When Jonny was 10 years old, he went to see the movie with his best buddy, but he had no idea how much of an influence it would have on his life.
The Truman Show with Jim Carrey had just come out, it was popular. I remember, it was big, everyone was talking about it. And that film had such an impact on me, and my best friend. And when we came out the cinema, my best friend said to me, 'wow, you never know, but you could be on your own version of The Truman Show.' And then it was just like, 'Oh, my God, like, yeah, I could be.'- Jonny Benjamin
When Jonny was in high school, he was driven by a desire to fit in and be accepted, much like Truman Burbank. He stated:
He would do things like in The Truman Show, you know, holding things up to the camera. It didn't help that my best friend, because he knew that it was there in my head, he would do things. I'm sure he didn't mean to do these things. And then it's amazing how you can convince yourself things are happening that aren't happening. I didn't fit in, I felt like a complete loner, complete outsider. So the thought of me being on this TV show, and people watching me, people liking me, I was like, 'OK, yeah, maybe.'- Jonny Benjamin
He would perform actions akin to those in The Truman Show, such as holding objects in front of the camera. He was able to effortlessly persuade himself of this idea since he was so eager to make it true.
He appreciated the fiction he wrote at first, but ultimately it began to annoy. He stated:
"At first it was great. But then obviously, as I got older and needed more privacy, I was like, 'I don't want these cameras anymore.' In The Truman Show everyone loves Jim Carrey, right? Everyone loves him. And so I wanted that."
A man who thought that he was on the Truman Show explains some 'signs' of his delusion. Although "Truman Show" syndrome is a recent occurrence, similar delusions are not. People have always had imaginary worlds; our culture just changes what they are. The same happened with Jonny Benjamin.