Monday, October 31, 2005

Delusion

According to the American Psychiatric Association, a delusion is:

'A false belief based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly sustained despite what almost everybody else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence to the contrary.'

However, interestingly (and illogically), that false belief is:

'...not one ordinarily accepted by other members of the person's culture or subculture (e.g. it is not an article of religious faith).' [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, IV]

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