Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Grandiosity

  • Natalie C. Blevins
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_2078

Definition

The term “grandiosity” is used to describe the larger-than-life feelings of superiority often experienced by those in a manic, hypomanic, or mixed episode. It has been described as an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, power, knowledge, or identity. It may contain religious overtones. It also occurs in delusional disorder.

References and Readings

  1. Sadock, B. J., & Sadock, V. A. (2007). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Natalie C. Blevins
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry Adult Psychiatry Clinic and Study CenterIndiana Universtiy HospitalIndianapolisUSA