The American revolution, some historians now argue, was rooted in a pandemic of persecutory delusions.
After a long trial, carried out with elaborate formality and great unfairness, the unhappy Joan was found guilty of proclaiming as divine visions what were delusions of the evil one, or of her own vain imagination, and when she persisted in maintaining their reality she was declared a relapsed heretic, and burnt at Rouen on the 30th of May 1431.
I have no delusions about the reality of Angel sans soul.
Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous.
It's good to have delusions.
He could not separate his philosophical from his astrological studies, and caught eagerly at any fragment of antiquity which seemed to support his cherished delusions.
He was arrested on the spot, and when his lodgings were searched a quantity of powder and shot was found, with the rules of a secret society, called" Young England,"whose members were pledged to meet," carrying swords and pistols and wearing crape masks."These discoveries raised the surmise that Oxford was the tool of a widespread Chartist conspiracy - or, as the Irish pretended, of a conspiracy of Orangemen to set the duke of Cumberland on the throne; and while these delusions were fresh, they threw well-disposed persons into a paroxysm of loyalty.
Fresh knowledge, new forces and faculties, have to be acquired by positive and strenuous efforts, while, on the other hand, delusions and superstitions are to be abandoned by an attitude of conscious neglect; or to use the phraseology of the Hindus, Avidyd, nescience - the mental state of the unenlightened - through which the individual energies are scattered and dissipated in futile effort, is gradually replaced by Vidyd, the higher wisdom which dispels the darkness of the mind, awakens our latent faculties and concentrates our efforts in the direction of that harmonious union, which ultimately results in Nirvana.
Another of his papers dealt with the delusions of the philosopher's stone, but nevertheless he believed that iron could be artificially formed in the combustion of vegetable matter.
His letters during his service in Congress show that he had fully grasped the questions at issue, that he was under no delusions as to the outcome of the struggle over taxation, and that he expected war.
in spite of Marys repeated delusions, she bore no child, and both parliament and of the people resisted every attempt to deprive Elizabeth of SPanish her right to the succession.
Many races are still abandoned to that temporary madness; many others which have escaped from it were observed and described while still labouring under its delusions.
Damian had long since lost any lofty delusions, but Dusty was a stickler for discipline and details.
delusions of grandeur are typical of the arrogant New Labor regime.
delusions of morality.
delusions of adequacy.
delusions of persecution, they may be suspicious of any questions about their mental state.
delusions of control.
delusions of the mind, Adamski continued to fascinate people in high places.
Vince Johnson said the investigator was suffering delusions of grandeur.
Nash replied, Ã¢I do continue to experience such delusions.
You may have developed delusions of competence, even independent thinking, during the campaign.
Positive symptoms These include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder, which together may be called " psychosis " .
paranoid delusions in Howard's A Beautiful Mind were like being in a pretty good spy movie with Ed Harris.
But that is exactly the direction in which dangerous delusions about US power might take us.
TONY BLAIR has swanned off to Tuscany, accompanied by the massive entourage that his delusions of presidential grandeur demand.
Unlike other types of schizophrenia the patients are usually presentable and if delusions are not acted on may function in an apparently normal manner.
paranoid delusions, a farcical belief.
Many supposedly paranormal events are also fakes, coincidences or delusions of some kind.
Escoiquiz was far too firmly convinced of his ingenuity and merits to conceal the delusions and follies of himself and his associates.
Though the bulk of his confiscated estates were lost beyond recall, he did not share the resentment of the mass of the returned emigres, from whom and their intrigues he had held aloof during his exile, and was far from sharing their delusions as to the possibility of undoing the work of the Revolution.
Raymond Lully, in a dialogue with an infidel thinker, broke a lance in support of the orthodox doctrine, and carried on a crusade against the Arabians in every university; and a disciple of Thomas Aquinas drew up a list (De erroribus philosophorum) of the several delusions and errors of each of the thinkers from Kindi to Averroes.
Psychosis is when someone has hallucinations and/or delusions.
Mental Effects: The potential paranoia and delusions that can occur with early usage can become exponentially worse as the user continues using this drug.
The affected individual may wander or become lost, become incontinent of bowel or bladder and experience delusions.
Long-term sleep deprivation can lead to paranoia, delusions and hallucinations.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness characterized by disordered thinking, delusions, hallucinations, emotional disturbance, and withdrawal from reality.
During this stage, three-fourths of schizophrenics experience delusions, illogical and bizarre beliefs that are held despite objections.
The most prevalent, found in some 40 percent of affected persons, is paranoid schizophrenia, characterized by delusions and hallucinations centering on persecution, and by feelings of jealousy and grandiosity.
Diagnosis of schizophrenia in children can be difficult because delusions and hallucinations may be mistaken for childhood fantasies.
These can control delusions and hallucinations, improve thought coherence, and, if taken on a long-term maintenance basis, prevent relapses.
With the aid of antipsychotic medication to control delusions and hallucinations, about 70 percent of schizophrenics are able to function in society.
Pyromania is diagnosed when fire-setting is not better explained by conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder, mental impairment, delusions or hallucinations, or intoxication.
Kleptomania is diagnosed when repetitive stealing is not better explained by anger or vengeance, peer pressure, delusions or hallucinations, conduct disorder, a manic episode, or antisocial personality disorder.
It is often characterized by hallucinations, delusions, and withdrawal from people and social activities.
They also have delusions characterized by "magical thinking," for example, by saying that they can foretell the future or read other people's minds.
Medications, prescribed by a patient's physician, may also be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms of personality disorders, such as problems with anxiety and delusions.
Common delusions include delusions of persecution, delusions about one's importance (sometimes called delusions of grandeur), or delusions of being controlled by others.
In extreme cases, mania can induce hallucinations and other psychotic symptoms such as grandiose delusions.
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