Ideas of reference or delusions of reference involve a person feeling that unrelated, innocuous or irrelevant aspects of the world are referring to them directly or have special significance intended for them personally.
They may include experiences such as:
- feeling that people on television or radio are talking about, or talking directly to you
- believing that headlines or stories in newspapers are written especially for you
- having the experience that people (often strangers) drop hints or say things about you behind your back
- believing that events (even world events) have been deliberately contrived for you, or have special personal significance
- seeing objects or events as being deliberately set-up to convey a special or particular meaning