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.
References and Readings
- Sadock, B. J., & Sadock, V. A. (2007). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry: Behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry (10th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.Google Scholar