Misinterpretations of past events in line with delusional beliefs. The object of the delusion is typically a male who is unattainable due to high social or financial status, marriage, or disinterest. Delusions of reference are common as the erotomanic individual often perceives that he or she is being sent messages from the secret admirer through innocuous events such as seeing license plates from specific states. No hallucinations with exception of tactile or olfactory if related to delusions. Excellent conservation of reason.
He finds references to himself.
A specific variant of this is when a person is fed lies in an attempt to convince them that they are delusional, a process called " gaslighting ," after the play Gas Lightthe plot of which centered around the process. These beliefs may seem outlandish and impossible bizarre or fit within the realm of what is possible non-bizarre. Objections to delusions are typically cleverly refuted. Related articles in Web of Science Google Scholar. Parallels were drawn between this and a case where the body of a homeless American man was found on a secluded traffic island within sight of Buckingham Palace. The authors described a lack of a primary mood disturbance in several different ways. Periods of stronger delusional preoccupation alternate with quieter phases.