Unusual experiences, reality testing and delusions of alien control

Mind and Language 20 (2):141-162 (2005)

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Jakob Hohwy
Monash University
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Some monothematic types of delusions may arise because subjects have unusual experiences. The role of this experiential component in the pathogenesis of delusion is still not understood. Focussing on delusions of alien control, we outline a model for reality testing competence on unusual experiences. We propose that nascent delusions arise when there are local failures of reality testing performance, and that monothematic delusions arise as normal responses to these. In the course of this we address questions concerning the tenacity with which delusions are maintained, their often bizarre content, the patients' inability to dismiss them, and their often circumscribed character
Keywords Delusion  Doxastic  Epistemology  Experience  Reality Testing
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DOI 10.1111/j.0268-1064.2005.00280.x
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