Capitalism Delusion Disorder (CDD)

Capitalism Delusion Disorder

Capitalism Delusion Disorder (CDD) is a psychosocial societal disorder attributed to extreme and out of control capitalism that is accepted as normative. CDD is based on the underlying foundations of greed and selfishness. Originating and mostly found in the United States. Historical Biblical reference to the love of money as the root of all evil. Psychological correlation to extreme narcissism of an individual.

CDD is the belief that all that matters is status and power associated with the accumulation of wealth. Idolization of extreme wealth and persons who have extreme wealth. Idolization of entrepreneurship and that others who work at a job are hapless bureaucrats who are unfulfilled. Disorder involves willingness to pursue wealth through delusional risk taking and unreasonable speculation through accepted market structures. The delusional pursuit involves exploitation of others and regulated markets with a negative impact on human development. However, the entire societal process is accepted as normative and not being a disorder. Thus, the disorder is delusional.

Clinical examples of CDD:

  • Belief that any company’s enterprise value can be excessively valued into billions of dollars.
  • Belief that NIL- Name Image Likeness – is more important than actual performance in sports.
  • Belief in NFT- non fungible tokens– as it extends to actual objects such as art that cannot be held or touched.
  • Persons who report they are serial entrepreneurs.
  • Belief in Ayn Rand philosophy that selfishness is a virtue.

There is no treatment for this disorder because of its accepted normative belief system in the United States. It is not seen or viewed as a disorder despite its destructive individual and societal impact.

Dr. Jay Slosar

Jay Slosar, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in Irvine, CA. and has been in practice for more than 30 years. He is the author of the book The Culture of Excess: How Americans Lost Self-Control and Why We Need to Redefine Success (ABC-CLIO, LLC, November 2010).