When Being Delusional Is An Asset

One of the main symptoms of schizophrenia is delusions. While I won’t go into the specifics of my own delusions, I will say that I have struggled in that area. However, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about when being “delusional” can be an asset.

One time being “delusional” has helped me was in thinking I could attend college and graduate. While my parents were supportive of me (I am sure people thought they were delusional, too!), neither of them graduated from college, so, had I been “rational”, I would have concluded that going to college for me would have been a waste. However, because of a “delusional” belief in myself, I was able to graduate cum laude from Cornell University.

Being “delusional” also helped me in acquiring my first job as a web developer. I was not a computer science major in college, so it might have been “delusional” of me to think I could find work as a web developer. However, because of my “delusional” belief in myself, I was able to find work doing backend Django work here in Rochester, NY.

So, as you can see, being a little bit delusional can at times be a great asset, especially if it presents as a belief in yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!