ideas of reference

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ideas of reference

[ī′dē·əz əv ′ref·rəns]
(psychology)
A symptom complex in which, through the mechanism of projection, an individual incorrectly believes himself or herself to be the direct object of casual remarks or incidents or of external events.
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In turn, Ana's rejection of the brain manipulation and control theory meant that her delusions of reference became weakened.
According to this approach, the combination of these three biases (jumping to conclusions, attributional style, and theory of mind dysfunction) explains a bias in favor of confirmatory evidence, particularly for delusions of reference and persecution.
delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder.22 Our patient demonstrated prominent delusions of reference and persecution, and although she denied hearing any voices, she was seen talking to herself.