Karl Jaspers, Mental States, and Delusional Beliefs: A Redefinition and Its Implications

  • M. Spitzer


No other subject within the field of psychiatry is so central and simultaneously so little understood as delusional beliefs, and a history of psychiatry is always a history of changing ideas about delusions as well. Although clinicians daily diagnose delusions opinion is unanimous in the literature that no-one can specify what a delusion really is. As Huber (1981, p. 172) puts it, “there exists no satisfactory general definition of delusion”.


Mental State False Statement Delusional Disorder Formal Thought Disorder Delusional Belief 
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