People experiencing grandiose delusions often describe larger-than-life feelings of superiority and invulnerability. In short, grandiosity is an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, power, knowledge, or identity, even if there is little evidence to support the beliefs.
Wiki Number: W091
Diagnosis: Grandiose Delusions
Brain Area: frontal lobe for grandiosity; temporal (below brain center) for delusions of guilt and persecution
Symptoms: exaggerated belief in one’s self-worth; power; knowledge; identity; relation to deity or famous person(s)
Progression: may also have delusions of being followed or poisoned, or thoughts being broadcast; impulsivity, racing thoughts
Causes: may be having hallucinations in mania in bipolar disorder; grandiosity was in 74% under age 21; 40% patients over age 30
Medications: None listed
Therapies: helping to unravel the inconsistencies in patients’ thoughts; in schizophrenia, persecution; in bipolar, grandiosity reigns
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- Comparison of serum BDNF, IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, CRP and leucocyte levels in unipolar mania and bipolar disorderby Yasemin Gorgulu on August 31, 2021
CONCLUSION: Unipolar mania differs from bipolar disorder in terms of clinical features and serum IL-6 and CRP levels.
- Psychosocial predictors of distressing unusual experiences in adolescence: Testing the fit of an adult cognitive model of psychosisby Kimberley Gin on August 30, 2021
CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that the psychological components of adult cognitive models of psychosis, particularly schemas, are also implicated in adolescent UEDs.
- Paranoia and Grandiosity in the General Population: Differential Associations With Putative Causal Factorsby Julia M Sheffield on May 17, 2021
Worry, negative self-beliefs, and sleep disturbance have been identified as contributory factors to the onset, maintenance, and severity of paranoia. We tested the specificity of these contributory factors to paranoia compared to grandiosity, a different type of delusional ideation. Data were used from 814 adults from the Nathan Kline Institute-Rockland (NKI-Rockland) study, a general population dataset. Paranoid and grandiose delusional ideation was assessed using the Peters Delusions Inventory...
- Narcissistic traits in young people and how experiencing shame relates to current attachment challengesby Charlotte C van Schie on May 12, 2021
CONCLUSIONS: Young people with vulnerable narcissism traits tended to report more shame, and struggled to be close to others. It may be that shame experiences highlight a discrepancy between the ideal and actual self that may contribute to a more insecure attachment style. A good working alliance and fostering self-compassion may counter some negative effects of shame in those most vulnerable, but dismissal in those most grandiose presents a clinical conundrum requiring further research.