idea of reference

idea of reference
idea of reference n a delusion that the remarks one overhears and people one encounters seem to be concerned with and usu. hostile to oneself called also delusion of reference

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referential idea the assumption by a patient that the words and actions of others refer to himself or the projection of the causes of his own imaginary difficulties upon someone else; if frequent or intense, or if organized and systematized, called delusion of reference.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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