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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(2010), using the ESQUIZOQ-A, found a factorial structure fairly similar to that found in the present study except that the Odd behavior and the Ideas of Reference subscales (4 items) saturated in the Interpersonal Disorganization and not in the Reality Distortion dimension.
These include suicidal or homicidal thoughts, delusions, flights of ideas, and ideas of reference on the part of subjects.
The first type, affecting two thirds of patients, is characterized by a sudden increase in motor and psychomotor activity accompanied frequently by visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, ideas of reference, and an affect of euphoria with expansiveness.
On the other hand, ideas of reference have been defined by themes of observation and communication.