Have you ever read a book that negatively impacted your mental health?

Have you ever read a book that negatively impacted your mental health?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Got visited by the demon Astaroth by reading this in audio form

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      did he just say sup or did he have instruction for yyou

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Just tried to devour me

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I feel like VALIS is just a living document of the type of negative thought-spirals that lead to schizophrenia. I wish there were more books like VALIS. It's so postmodern that it almost forgets to even be sci-fi

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Science fiction is really just a framing device for PKD's stories. His later novels especially are about psychic paranoia, schizoaffective, sense of self etc etc. It's what makes him great.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, i feel like in VALIS he really moves the world to be closer to ours

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Crime and Punishment. I stopped about 100 pages in because I literally felt physically ill listening to Raskolnikov's endless inner dialog and having Dostoyevsky describe him being sick with horrible living conditions.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I would call you a pansy but I understand what you mean. Try reading it again on another day, when you're in a different state of mind.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I would definitely also say VALIS, although in hindsight it's still a great book. Gnosticism is a genuine cognitohazard, which sucks because it tends to effect people who are already mentally unstable the most, and it tends to attract a mentally unstable crowd. I don't think there is a single well adjusted person on this earth who has done any decent amount of research into Gnosticism. It's the esoteric equivalent of huffing gasoline.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I don't think there is a single well adjusted person on this earth who has done any decent amount of research into Gnosticism. It's the esoteric equivalent of huffing gasoline.
      The neo-atheism of the 2000s is just rebranded gnosticism.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Not really. Gnosticism is too philosophical for the new atheism movement, the exponents of which are totally uninterested in philosophy; they're boring positivists for whom every flaw with thinking and society is explained with the influence of superstition and lack of objectivity.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I meant the part about God being actually evil. They make this argument really often. In a sense, there is a kind of misguided compassion, and a hasty revolt against the ways of the world.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Gnostics don't think God is evil, they think the creator of this specific world is evil. But they would call that being a lesser deity compared to the absolute God

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Don't see how. Gnosticism is still very much Christianity. There's just a big disagreement there over who the God of the Old Testament was.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Gnosticism is a genuine cognitohazard
      Best way to put it imo. I think Jung is also a cognitohazard. It gets to a point where you realize that whoever was writing about these books was writing them because they experienced something real, while you were only reading it because you thought it was cool and interesting. Suddenly the rug is pulled out from underneath you and you're left with all this information. Scary shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Realising that reality is false in some way is definitely going to make you appear insane, isn't it?

  5. 1 month ago
    ࿇ C Œ M G E N V S ࿇

    NO, BUT I KNOW SOMEONE WHO READ «CAPITAL» BY KARL MARX, AND, NOW, HE IS AN AZTEQUIZING INDIGENIST.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    All PKD stuff makes me feel uneasy and slightly insane. Some people, like him, are just mentally fricked up.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      PKD’s stuff is definitely strange. Ubik really sticks with me to this day. His books have odd elements of fantastical horror, but they’re presented as if they’re completely mundane.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A few but I blocked them out and can’t remember

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I am already schizophrenic, but for the past few days, I have been doing the terry davis templeos method of reading random passages from the bible, but also the canterbury tales and collected milton, and the answers were so incredible seeming that I may now be stuck with religious delusions

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the exorcist

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