Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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


  • Robert G. FrankEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2085


Circumstantiality is circuitous thinking and speech that digresses from the essential point. It differs from tangentiality in which the individual ultimately fails to address the main idea. In circumstantiality, the main point is never lost but may be “clouded” and its appearance delayed by excess and repeated material. Circumstantial thinking is a characteristic of thought disorders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA