In response to Academic babble and the strangulation of thought:
In the book Rokeach (a social psychologist at Michigan State University) chronicles his field experiment of selecting 3 patients from a Michigan state mental hospital, all suffering delusions of Christhood, and bringing them into a group therapy session. None were ever convinced to abandon their self-identity as Jesus, and explained the others away as being crazy or robots.
In 1964, college professors studied messiah complexes. 50 years on, they teach them.