Delusional intuition

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Delusional intuition is a term applicable in psychiatry that refers to a thought or belief that when expressed either in society, or as usually in a clinical setting, is apparent as being blatantly impossible or unlikely in that the semantic relations of subjects within the speech content have no basis in reality, i.e. that is of a thought that is delusional. This type of delusion in the context of the intuitive is rather an experience of faux intuition, the person experiences something that resembles the intuitive, but instead the experience is qualified as delusional. This delusion is also described as Autochthonous.[1]


This description of a psychological phenomenon, that is as observed in the form of expression within behaviour abnormally, and communicated in abnormal speech, is translated[2] from the German Wahneinfall.[3] Wahn translated is specifically a whimsy, false opinion, or fancy.[4]

Is a term relevant to the fields of psychiatry and psychology and describe the expression of thought(s) that have no apparent basis in inference.[5] A phenomenological understanding is of an occurrence that is very much like the expression of the spontaneous occurrence of an inspirational idea, sprung from the soil,[6][7] translated into a delusionary vehicle with the conviction of "immediate enlightenment" (Leon et al 1989)[8] that occurs as a delire d'embléé id est complete in the actual instance.[9][10] The delusion as defined autochthonous in this context is known as primary (Jaspers 1963).[11][12][13]


The delusion is found described in clinical settings as a description of medical symptom of the psychotic illness known as schizophrenia,[14][15] and is known within that milieu as a first rank symptom The delusional ideation sometimes occurs from a prior delusional mood (Fish 1985).[8][16] According to the Klaus Conrad 1958 account, grātia gratiam parit, the delusion occurs as a second order development of earlier delusionary thinking.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Christmas (NHS Tayside and University of Dundee) - Copyright © 2002-2011 David Christmas. All rights reserved (homepage) citing : Carl Wernicke
  2. ^ Andrew Sims 1995 - Symptoms in the mind: an introduction to descriptive psychopathology - 422 pages Saunders Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-7020-1788-4
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  4. ^ Understanding delusions -C. Kiran, S. Chaudhury Department of Psychiatry, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences, Kanke, Ranchi - 834 006, Jharkhand, India Ind Psychiatry J 2009;18:3-18 [1] doi:10.4103/0972-6748.57851 Retrieved 2012-01-31
  5. ^ Jennifer Radden 2009 On Delusion - 160 pages Thinking in action Taylor & Francis Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-415-77447-0
  6. ^ A. Munro 1999 - Delusional disorder: paranoia and related illnesses - 261 pages Cambridge University Press Retrieved 2012-01-17
  7. ^ S. Burza, B. Mougey, S. Perecherla, N. Talwar 2005 - Practice Examination Papers for the MRCPsych Part 1, Part 1 - 204 pages Radcliffe Publishing Retrieved 2012-01-17
  8. ^ a b R.H. McAllister-Williams 1997 The description of primary delusions : confusion in standard texts and amongst clinicians (PDF). Psychiatric bulletin 21. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  9. ^ Robert Jean Campbell 2009 - Campbell's psychiatric dictionary - 1051 pages Oxford University Press Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-19-534159-7
  10. ^ Raymond J. Corsini 2002 - The dictionary of psychology - 1156 pages Psychology Press Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 1-58391-328-9
  11. ^ Robin Murray (MD, M Phil, MRCP, MRC Psych.), Robin Murray 1997 (3rd edition) - The essentials of postgraduate psychiatry - 843 pages Oxford Handbooks Series Cambridge University Press, 28 Oct 1997 Retrieved 2012-01-17
  12. ^ David Semple, Roger Smyth, Jonathan Burns - Oxford handbook of psychiatry - 953 pages Oxford University Press, 28 Apr 2005 Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-19-852783-7
  13. ^ Greg Wilkinson 2007 - Seminars in General Adult Psychiatry - 833 pages RCPsych Publications, 1 Jan 2007 Retrieved 2012-01-20
  14. ^ Peter F. Liddle, Royal College of Psychiatrists 2001- Disordered mind and brain: the neural basis of mental symptoms - 301 pages RCPsych Publications Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 1-58391-328-9
  15. ^ Mary Boyle 2002- Schizophrenia: a scientific delusion? - 362 pages Routledge 5 Apr 2002 Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-415-22718-6
  16. ^ Jennifer Barraclough, Dr. David Gill 1996 - Hughes' outline of modern psychiatry - 302 pages John Wiley & Sons Retrieved 2012-01-17 ISBN 0-471-96358-5
  17. ^ Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead 2010 - The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, Volume 2 - 528 pages John Wiley and Sons, 19 Jan 2010 Retrieved 2012-01-22 ISBN 0-470-17026-3