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July 1932

L'intuition délirante.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(1):247-248. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240010255023

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Abstract

The present volume is an amplification of a previous paper by one of the authors (J. Dublineau) for which he received the Esquirol prize in 1929.

By "delusional intuitions" the authors understand a special symptom. It consists of delusional ideas that "come to consciousness brusquely and spontaneously." They seem self-evident to the subject and are recognized by him as entirely "personal ideas." They have no connection with "hallucinations, pseudohallucinations, illusions or delusional interpretations." The authors believe this symptom to be a clear entity that can be readily distinguished from other psychopathologic symptoms. Delusional intuition has three essential characteristics: (1) "It is an immediate judgment"; (2) "it impresses itself on the subject with absolute certainty, without any proof"; (3) "it is entirely personal and is not derived from any outside events." The symptom is said also to be "very simply defined" by its negative aspects, as it is neither a delusional

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