The effect of delusion

The Role of Motivation in Delusional Belief

Rational beliefs are formed on the basis of solid evidence and are open for appropriate revision when emerging evidence makes them less likely to be true. In contrast, a person with a delusion will hold firmly to the belief regardless of evidence to the contrary. Examples are the delusion of persecution (everyone hates me), and the delusion of grandeur (the exaggerated belief in one’s self-worth). Such beliefs are subject to reasoning biases, such as jumping to conclusion in making decision on the basis of limited evidence, wishful thinking, and reality denial. ….[READ]