Ideas of Reference

By Renée Grinnell

Delusions where one interprets innocuous events as highly personally significant. Strongly held ideas of reference can indicate a sign of mental illness (schizophrenia, for example).

Example: A woman rarely leaves her house, because she experiences all conversation or laughter she hears as directed at herself.

    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 1 Sep 2011