Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Ideas of Reference

  • Paul NewmanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2102


Referential delusion


A type of delusion in which a person incorrectly believes that circumstances or external events (i.e., comments, book passages, song lyrics, etc.) concern or are directed at him or her (have “reference” to one’s self). Ideas of reference, like other delusions, are a symptom of psychosis.


References and Readings

  1. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington: American Psychiatric Publishing.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Psychology and NeuropsychologyDrake CenterCincinnatiUSA