An illusion of control is the false but firm belief that someone or something is controlling the person suffering from the illusion. Control can include not only the affected person’s actions, but also their thoughts and feelings. For example, a person may believe that their local or national government is controlling their actions or that spiritual beings have control over their members. He may even believe that the beings who control him can hear his thoughts and watch him, no matter where he goes or what he does.
When a person has control delusions, they often believe that their thoughts, movements, or words are not their own. A person who suffers from this type of deception usually believes that a person, a being, a group of people or beings, an organization or a device controls him and that his will is not entirely his own. For example, you might believe that an alien device is making you move in a certain way or perform specific actions, or that evil beings are planting thoughts in your brain.
In addition to believing that a being or device is planting thoughts in their brain, a person with control delusions can have many other false beliefs along the same lines. For example, you may believe that a person, alien, group, organization, or device is listening to your thoughts or removing certain thoughts from your brain. You might even believe that after you plant or remove some of your thoughts, the controllers are making you say things you wouldn’t normally say. Interestingly, it is not always an affected person, a group of people, a terrorist organization or an extraterrestrial life that is to blame; sometimes a person can even blame their own government for listening and controlling their thoughts.
Some illusions of control involve physical actions and behavior rather than thoughts. An affected person may think that he has to turn in a circle repeatedly because someone or something is controlling him and causing him to do so. If you decide to walk, run, or jump into another room, you can also consider a controlling force to be the cause of that action. In addition, a person who has control delusions may even commit violent acts as a result of their disorder. For example, you can stab someone with a deadly weapon, but you firmly believe that the other person is in full control of your arm and hand in doing so.