Some people are so set in their beliefs, they will straight up ignore any evidence or facts contrary to their opinion. This can certainly be problematic, but can also be genuinely frustrating to anyone who has to interact with them.
Here, Reddit users share stories of the most delusional people they know. Just please try to make it through without facepalming yourself to death.
He believes every single conspiracy theory he hears. He thinks god cured him of autism, which vaccines gave him. He is by far the most delusional person I know or have ever known. But he thinks he's a genius.
He believed that he was (his own words) "God's gift to preaching," even though attendance was dropping precipitously.
When told that his sermons were too long and meandering, and that the people wanted more prayer to God instead, he replied, "People don't come to church for God - they come to hear what I have to say!"
She thinks that only the devil himself can corrupt someone to this extent. The only problems with her theory are that I am neither gay nor autistic, and she might be the one touched by Satan.
Eventually I got out of him that he was studying to be a "seducer." He studied Cleopatra, Rasputin, Casanova, etc. to learn the art of seduction.
Basically this guy's life plan was to just "seduce" his way through life. He had an intricate plan on how he was going to seduce our supervisor for a raise, seduce multiple spouses to support him, even how to get free coffee by "seducing" the barista.
He must have done a lot of seducing to keep working that barely-over-minimum-wage night job for years.
Sometimes it's funny to hear him explain his theories, but other times it's just sad and frustrating. I care about him, but often worry about him.
A few examples...
The earth is flat, and that NASA and all other scientists are in on the secret and want to keep it from the public. They don't want us to know, because it somehow directly proves the existence of God and they don't want that.
All ice cream starts as vanilla ice cream until you add flavors to it (he thinks that the absence of added flavor is vanilla.)
I think you get the picture.
For example: One time I came outside and I see her pull up in her car. She starts chit chatting to my mom. They're talking about her haircut. I tell my mom we needed to go and she drove away shortly after. Totally fine.
I get a call from another relative a week later that she's angry with me because the day she came over I "rolled my eyes at her and she reads lips. She knows I said something about her". THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN.
She then continues to post on social media how karma is gonna get me. While simultaneously commenting on all of my stuff, saying how cute my daughter is.
His dad recently bought a million dollar home, to sell it to him for under $300k.
He thinks his family isn't that wealthy, and this isn't that abnormal.
He's slowly choking and killing it with his management style. I see the shop closing mid to late August. I hope he turns it around quick, but that is unlikely.
One day she said to me, completely serious, "Sometimes I wish that I had student loans." I told her "please feel free to cut me a $500 check every month," she didn't have much more to say about that.
He took those fake billion dollar bills to Walmart, filled 8 shopping carts with random expensive stuff (mostly electronics), and tried to buy them with the "money."
Or when, after the cops were called for him shooting our much younger neighbor with an air-soft gun, he grabbed a samurai sword, and charged at the cops (spoiler alert, he got tased). He later told us if they shot at him he would cut the bullets in half like Ryan Reynolds did in X Men Origins: Wolverine
He is almost 60 and still thinks he's going to make it in the music business despite the fact that he has no band and plays no gigs. He's a passable guitar player, but the typical guy that had a band in the 70s and early 80s. Takes himself way too seriously as if he's some kind of prolific musician.
He took some mediocre pictures of a famous band in the 80s and has called himself a photographer since then. He built himself and couple friends some very primitive websites and calls himself a web designer. He took a (as in one) class on sound engineering at the community college in like 1980 and he calls himself a sound engineer. He has a couple of video cameras and knows the basics of video editing, and now he bills himself as a videographer for local bands.
The man just makes stuff up to make himself seem important. He hasn't had an actual job in 13 years. He's been "self employed" in that time. But you need to have actual clients and stuff. He thinks he's above everyone, the smartest guy in the room, and just this grand person. It's ridiculous. I don't know how his wife puts up with it.
He claims to be the descendant of some wealthy noble family from Germany and goes around genealogy websites adding himself and my grandmother to said family, claiming she's a princess. Not my dad though, he doesn't count.
He also has pretended to be a priest and a diplomat at some point, as well as having several diseases, so he could get money, sympathy from people and heavy prescription drugs.
She taught her kids that the earth was only 12 thousand years old, dinosaurs went extinct about 8 thousand years ago, and that humans have only been around for about 3 thousand years (evil then sprung forth so God created Jesus to rectify this).
Here's where it gets interesting:
She would often go into rants how she failed out of college due to arguing with her professors over the validity of carbon dating (I think she said that you can't just define carbon being a certain age and then apply it to all things). She also argued about knowing the age of the universe according to researching the Bible, rather than the Lambda thing people currently use to identify it as 13.8 billion years old (I could be mistaken my memory is foggy).
I couldn't argue with her. Not that I agreed whatsoever but have you ever tried to argue with someone that delusional?
She was 100% serious, even told me I was like her and we were maybe from the same planet.
10/10 would nope again.
He doesn't believe there are planets either. He also believes the Earth is flat (which somehow isn't a planet either?) When asked to explain his beliefs he provided a biblical explanation that made no sense. And I don't just mean "no sense" like "that's ridiculous," but "no sense" like, "I have no idea what you just said."
He starred in the high school play of 'Romeo & Juliet' like 15 years ago and the fame never left him, or so he thinks. He post interviews of himself on social media by himself. But he thinks we believe there is someone there asking him questions. He continues to go on with his "interviews" by answering in this deep wannabe-ghetto voice. Oh and he looks about 40 years old also.
He literally thinks he can get away with anything and unfortunately does because he's in Hollywood.
He dated several women at the same time, all whom found out about each other (no blowout as he was expecting. They all ended up friends and ignoring him).
He trash talked the celebrities he worked for to ANYONE because he thinks of himself a semi celebrity - despite the fact that there are clauses we all signed to not do precisely that. He thinks this impresses people.
Talks in a fake lower voice in front of others to sound authoritative.
Doesn't work well with people in film, changing his mind so often because he has a fundamental doubt in every decision he makes. He makes us do every iteration to choose from and expects to pay for only one iteration...while giving more notes on it.
Thinks his extremely, painful topical humour is funny. Expects everyone to clap at him even when out socializing. Starts clapping at himself to get the clapping going.
Lent him a thumb drive...he thought I was giving it to him. He assumes everyone is just giving him things.
Hasn't ever been on a bus before. This is a person who's supposed to write comedy to relate to regular people.
Claims every woman he dates wants his babies (says he dumps them...turns out we just never call him back and block him on our phone).
My friend, about 5 months into our friendship, claimed she had dated Hozier (take me to church guy) for a hot minute and that some of the songs were about her. At the time the thought never occurred to me to question the validity of the statement because she had this intricate story of how they met and yadda yadda. Also what a weird random lie? I only became suspicious when they miraculously got back together for literally a week before she "broke up with him" because she just really wanted to be on her own. I remember one time she even convinced me and several other mutual friends that we were invited to a party that he was going to... but then he canceled last minute.
Then she claimed she got a job with NPR that would require her to be gone traveling for 2 years-- however she was extremely under qualified for a position like the one she "got." I didn't believe her at this point but I felt crazy for questioning such a close friend. The kicker was that when the time came for her to leave she threw a big going away party for herself where people gave her gifts and showered her with well wishes. Then she left. I was stunned. Was she not a liar and was I actually insane? Jealous?
Then it turned out she just moved upstate to live with her parents because they were done paying for her to live on her own while she wasn't working. Even though she was posting pictures she didn't take, on her instagram, of places she never visited. Sucked to realize she was a liar even though I suspected it. She even lied to her boyfriend who happens to be a close friend.
There were so many more lies but whats sad is how she had convinced herself that a lot of it was true and would tell you about all these fake memories. The whole thing was very unfortunate.
Yet I have spoken to two of his exes and we've ALL called the cops on him at some point. He obsesses and stalks and harasses.
He tried to break into my apt once after we broke up to "apologize to me" and tried to convince my roommate I was "unstable" and making "rash choices."
We've been broken up 7 months now. I have a new bf. And he still sends me emails saying I'm being unreasonable.
I've seen lots of rookies fresh out of broadcast school let the tiny amount of fame they get from being on a small town radio station go to their head.
This one guy came in to work one day, madder than hell that small town radio famous wasn't famous enough to get him out of a speeding ticket.
Some of the answers have been edited for clarity.