Thursday, August 30, 2007

Body: Bizarre Delusions.



Bizarre delusions are false beliefs whose contents are absurd and have no possible basis in fact. An example is a man who believed that when his adenoids were removed in childhood, a box with wires was placed in his head so that the voice he heard was that of the governor.


Doctor, Ronald M., and Ada P. Kahn. "delusions (types)." The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2000. Facts On File, Inc. Health Reference Center. .




A totally implausible idea or belief that is idiosyncratic and would not be believed as true by anyone. For example, a psychotic individual may believe that singer Diana Ross is the "Antichrist" or that singer Madonna is the biblical "Whore of Babylon."


Noll, Richard. "bizarre delusions." The Encyclopedia of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2001. Facts On File, Inc. Health Reference Center. .




For example, a psychotic individual may believe that the expression on television newsman Dan Rather's face is a secret message that is intended just for that person.


Noll, Richard. "delusions of reference." The Encyclopedia of Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders, Second Edition. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2001. Facts On File, Inc. Health Reference Center. .

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