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By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

A delusion of grandeur is the fixed, false belief that one possesses superior qualities such as genius, fame, omnipotence, or wealth. It is most often a symptom of schizophrenia, but can also be a symptom found in psychotic or bipolar disorders, as well as dementia (such as Alzheimer’s).

People with a delusion of grandeur often have the conviction of having some great but unrecognized talent or insight. They may also believe they have made some important discovery that others don’t understand or appreciate.

Less commonly, the individual may have the delusion of having a special relationship with a prominent person (such as being an adviser to the President). Or the person may believe that actually are a very prominent and important person, in which case the actual person may be regarded as an imposter.

Grandiose delusions may have religious content, such as the person believes he or she has received a special message from God or another deity.

Sometimes, in popular language, this disorder may be known as “megalomania,” but is more accurately referred to as narcissistic personality disorder if it is a core component of a person’s personality and identity. In such disorders, the person has a greatly out-of-proportion sense of their own worth and value in the world. People with this issue can also sometimes have a taste for the finer, more extravagant things in life.

Sometimes drug use or abuse can intensify or bring on episodes of delusion of grandeur. People who take phencyclidine (PCP) or amphetamines are especially at risk. People who are high and experience a delusion of grandeur may be at increased risk for physically harmful behavior. For instance, if you believe you are capable of flying after taking PCP, and try to jump off a 10-story building based upon that false belief, you may be at serious risk of death.
Posted By: Cynthia Merrill Artis
Monday, September 15th 2014 at 11:03PM
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Tuesday, September 16th 2014 at 12:12AM
Steve Williams
Steve... Y just WOW!! 😯? I mean that's what Grohol says....😏
Saturday, September 20th 2014 at 11:56PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
I mean it fits Harry to a T.
Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 1:14AM
Steve Williams
And since it does does that mean Harry's family should get him treatment?
Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 1:16AM
Steve Williams
Brother Steve,

I believe this blog is right on target and I recognize our Brother prophet in all of it.

Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 8:52AM
Deacon Ron Gray
🙌 touchdown!!

Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 2:18PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Dang!! And to think I chose psychology... I need several bottles of wine...
Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 6:25PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis

BIA 9/2014 Delusionists of Grandeur

Super Delusionist - stevePHC--got/god/gawd of the Following

1. deeJohnson-'blackConsciousness'
2. jamalLittle - 144,000
3. soso - pharoahnic
4. deacon - blackJew-Christos
5. harry68- his ownMind

Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 8:25PM
powell robert
Robert... You have inspired me to create a new blog... You are going to enjoy it.... Because you require facts and scholarship.. it's going to take me little bit of time to gather just the right information....

And Robert.. I too have issues with some members on this site... But for now. I have taken a seat and just enjoying the ambiance and my sweet red wine

Sunday, September 21st 2014 at 8:35PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
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