Grandiose Delusions: An Experimental Investigation of the Delusion as Defense

  title={Grandiose Delusions: An Experimental Investigation of the Delusion as Defense},
  author={Nicola J. Smith and Daniel Freeman and Elizabeth Kuipers},
  journal={The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease},
Two distinct roles for emotion in the development of delusions have been outlined. Some authors argue that delusions defend against low self-esteem and negative emotion (the delusion-as-defense account). Other authors hypothesize that delusions are not a defense but are a direct reflection of emotion and associated processes (the emotion-consistent account). An empirical investigation was conducted of the delusion-as-defense account with reference to grandiose delusions. Twenty individuals with… 

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