Scientific Medical point of view. Is belief a sort of mild psychosis?

In the best way I have only a brief overview about medical psychology so please bear with me if i put it simple. very simple.

If a person beliefs so strongly in anyhing that it dismisses everything contradictory in order to secure their own belief in which their mental/psychological bedrock is interwoven to, and that to an extend that everithing that person recognises gets twisted to fit in its framework.
Wouldn’t this be some sort of a reality-loss psychosis? And if this would be the case, shouldn’t be those people genuine consideret to be ill?

I guess its the question: Has the preservation of mental integrity a higher priority than the preception and cognition of reality?
Where is the crossing line that such a case has to be consideret an medical/psychological ilness/damage/malfunction?
Is cognitive inability to understand or ignoring and twisting of facts enough for that? - (example. extrem hardheaded religous people; hardcore conspiracy theorists flatearth,chemtrails etc.)

From my general understanding something is considret to be an medical ilness as soon as the natural function is compromised. And as long as the ilness is not endangering the basic lived life, its not really consideret a problem.
At which point does above mentioned case of reality-loss endanger basic humanely livestyle? And if it does, why don’t receive those people medical attention?

My inpression on that topic is that those extrem cases are indeed not consideret to be ill because the affects on the “livestyle” aren’t severe enough. Ergo no actions are taken.

I’m glad about someone with additional insight on that matter.

I’m glad about someone with additional insight on that matter.
I am not an expert, but Anil Seth is. He actually coined the phrase "controlled hallucination" in reference to how the brain operates.

I can really recommend this video as it is a condensed public oriented version of a more formal presentation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyu7v7nWzfo&t=8s

I recommend several repeat viewings to fully grasp the implication in some of the short-hand presentation . It’s a fascinating talk, trust me.

@write4u It’s a fascinating talk, trust me.
Indeed, this video is a great summary to the basic mechanics of perception.

My question from above is about the point this mechanism does work in a way it isn’t fully reliable anymore. Not only restrictet to sensory perception and its immediate “first level” processing but also the later overall cognition when the different parts of abstract knowledge getting consciously addet to the general worldview.

I’d say its a hard question because the preservation of mental integrity is also important as the perception and cognition of the surrounding world. I personally for myself say, it is crucial for the mental integrity to be flexible and resilient enough to be able to take the reality that our normal functioning perception receives and adapt to it.

I personally for myself say, it is crucial for the mental integrity to be flexible and resilient enough to be able to take the reality that our normal functioning perception receives and adapt to it.
I agree completely. Keep your mind "open" to new perspectives. As Roger Antonsen posits; "When you examine something from several different perspective, it creates deeper understanding and appreciation of what it is you are watching, seeing, hearing."

What few people understand is that the brain can only make a “best guess” of the incoming sensory data. Therefore increased knowledge aids in cognition of how things work, but also how things do not work, and the choices (best guesses) of remedial action.

It is a simple tenet; Increased knowledge of something allows for deeper understanding and best guesses by the brain. All teaching is based on that simple concept. Few heed the message.

Sidenote:

@write4u What few people understand is that the brain can only make a “best guess” of the incoming sensory data. Therefore increased knowledge aids in cognition of how things work, but also how things do not work, and the choices (best guesses) of remedial action.
The brilliant irony that also the basis of scientific method resembles this general process. - Pure rationality. splendid!

Believing is a human characteristic… to be human means to be capable of believing. Interestingly we are completely free to choose whatever it is we want to believe.

Not so sure we are so free.

And anything so mad it seems can be believed, but some beliefs can be highly toxic.

https://birdsarentreal.com/

 

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Not so sure we are so free. And anything so mad it seems can be believed, but some beliefs can be highly toxic.

Interestingly, crows and ravens are excellent observers of humans. Moreover they have long term memories of peoples faces and behaviors such as feeding.

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