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idea

 [i-de´ah]
a mental impression or conception.
autochthonous idea a persistent idea, originating within the mind, usually from the unconscious, but seeming to have come from an outside source and often therefore felt to be of malevolent origin.
dominant idea one that controls or colors every action and thought.
fixed idea a persistent morbid impression or belief that cannot be changed by reason.
overvalued idea a false or exaggerated belief sustained beyond logic or reason but with less rigidity than a delusion, also often being less patently unbelievable.
idea of reference the incorrect idea that the words and actions of others refer to one's self, or the projection of the causes of one's own imaginary difficulties upon someone else.

fixed i·de·a

1. an exaggerated notion, belief, or delusion that persists, despite evidence to the contrary, and controls the mind;
2. the obstinate conviction of a psychotic person regarding the correctness of a delusion.

fixed idea

1 a persistent, obsessional thought or notion.
2 also called idée fixe. in certain mental disorders, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder, an idea that dominates mental activity and persists despite contrary evidence or rational refutation.

fix·ed i·de·a

(fikst ī-dē'ă)
1. An exaggerated notion, belief, or delusion that persists, despite evidence to the contrary, and controls the mind.
2. The obstinate conviction of a psychotic person regarding the correctness of a delusion.
See: ideation
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Likewise, conservative means nothing if you have no fixed idea of what it is you'd like to conserve.
Having a fixed idea of how much you want to spend is a good starting point, followed by the scribbling down of all the horses you'd like to put in if you had millions to spend.
Furst provides a very interesting introduction to the pre-Freudian world, complete with demons and so-called physical manifestations of mental illness, then offers the original reports on nervous exhaustion, sexual psychopathy, aphonia and its treatment by hypnosis, traumatic paralysis, male hysteria, amnesia, and the fixed idea.
The standard this year is phenomenal and because no one has a really fixed idea of who Nancy is, it's a really broad range of people," says Graham, 44.
You see, they had a fixed idea about how the chains packed themselves.
Stern's fixed idea about the teaching of phonics obscures the central point in our curriculum reforms: phonics is essential to reading instruction, but it is not the only essential skill.
In Nostromo, Holroyd is described as "a frightful phenomenon--a will haunted by a fixed idea," Emilia Gould as a "woman with the genius of sympathetic intuition," and Decoud as a man of thought, "incorrigible in his skepticism.
The Commission has no fixed idea so far of what to follow up the Green Paper with, an official said.
He said: "I have no fixed idea in my mind about where my next move will be, but I won't be here.
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In the letter, Hayashi did not touch directly upon the poisoning cases allegedly committed by his wife, but asked, ''Isn't it true that people can learn nothing when they have a fixed idea that this person is evil or outrageous?