Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Natalie DattiloEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2078


An exaggerated sense of self-importance, power or knowledge, or believing that one is superior to others and deserves special treatment. Individuals may present as self-centered, entitled, or condescending. The term is generally used to describe the “larger-than-life” feelings of expansiveness or indestructibility often experienced by those in a manic, hypomanic, or mixed episode. It may also occur during the course of a delusional disorder or other psychotic illness.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryIndiana University School of MedicineIndianapolisUSA