Doctor Joel Gold first started noticing a strange pattern in some of his patients a few years ago. They were convinced that they were the main characters in an elaborate reality television series. A series so elaborate that everyone and everything around them was in on the act. A few of his patients would refer directly to a film called The Truman Show.
That movie is, in fact, the story of a man who lives his entire life without realizing that everyone and everything around him is manufactured for a televised program; he's the main character.
Joel and his brother, Dr. Ian Gold, just published a paper describing what they're calling the The Truman Show Delusion. We invited Ian Gold to explain why he thinks this might be happening.