A 45-year-old member asked:
how do grandiose and delusions of grandeur in mental health terms. differ?
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Dr. Michael Pariser answered
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
Neurotic/psychotic: "grandiosity" refers to any sense of greatness. It exists on a continuum from healthy grandiosity in growing children through a sense of expansiveness to narcissistic defensiveness. "delusions of grandeur, " like all delusions, are psychotic in the sense that they are defenses against terrors of fragmentation, self-destruction, and other forms of personal annihilation.
Answered on Jan 5, 2015
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