A well known psychological illusion is the famous “glass half full” scenario. This is the illusion that you are better off than if you had never purchased the product you bought.
The “glass half empty” scenario is more like you have already purchased the product but have not used it. It is important to realize that the half-empty scenario is the most common case of the effects of buying an illusion.
In order for the half-empty to work, you need an illusion. If you are a “glass half full” you will buy the product anyway. And, if you’re buying an illusion that “half empty” you will do whatever you can to avoid having to buy it and end up with nothing of use but regret.
“Glass double empty” is the more common case where you have already purchased the product, yet, you still feel the need to buy the same product. This is the most common case of the effects of illusions. In order for the glass double empty to work, you need an illusion.
For instance, say you were on the beach where you see two little girls on a beach. The first girl can fit into your hand and you put her hand in your hand but she still cannot fit in your hand. You then feel as if you had only bought the little girls instead of a real one that would fit you perfectly.
These sorts of illusions may be created by the environment. For instance, if you are walking through a park, you may see a bunch of little girls walking down a path. You start walking toward them and stop. Suddenly, another girl walks down the path. You stop too. You then walk toward the first girl even though you saw her first. So you think that you have bought the first one instead of the second. You then continue walking toward the first girl. Finally, you are out of the park and feel confident that you could buy that girl you just saw.
You’ve already purchased it, and now you want to buy another one! So you run off and buy another one. Again, you feel disappointed when you find out that you bought two rather than one. As a result, you stop yourself from ever buying another “glass half empty”.
To overcome the illusions, you need to buy new, better illusions.
How illusions affect a person psychologically
Psychiatrist Joseph Campbell coined the name “illusion” in his book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” in order to explain how a