idea of reference

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

i·de·a of ref·er·ence

the misinterpretation that other people's statements or acts, or neutral objects in the environment are directed toward one's self when, in fact, they are not.
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i·de·a of ref·er·ence

(ī-dē'ă ref'rĕns)
The delusional misinterpretation that other people's statements, acts, or neutral objects in the environment are directed toward oneself when, in fact, they are not.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012