Othello syndrome

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O·thel·lo syn·drome

a delusional belief in the infidelity of one's spouse.
[Othello, Shakespearean character]

Othello syndrome

[ōthel′ō]
Etymology: Othello, jealous Shakespearean character
a psychopathological condition characterized by suspicion of a spouse's infidelity and morbid jealousy. This condition may be accompanied by rage and violence and is frequently associated with paranoia.
A delusion of spousal infidelity, a form of psychotic paranoia that is primary or, more commonly, a symptom of organic ‘psychopathies’—senile dementia, boxer encephalopathy, alcoholism

Othello syndrome

Erotic jealousy, alcoholic paranoia Psychiatry A delusion of spousal infidelity, a form of psychotic paranoia that is primary or more commonly, a symptom of organic 'psychopathies'–senile dementia, boxer encephalopathy, alcoholism

Othello,

one of Shakespeare's characters.
Othello syndrome - delusions of infidelity of one's sexual partner; onset usually in 4th decade of life; may be a feature of depressive psychosis, epilepsy, or alcoholism. Synonym(s): erotic jealousy
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They tend to have frustrated personal relationships characterised by morbid jealousy, ambivalence, anxiety, helplessness and guilt.
Harris reviewed men's and women's self-reports and psychophysiological reactions, as well as data on morbid jealousy, spousal abuse, and jealousy-inspired homicides in a variety of jealousy provoking situations.
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