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Can delusions, in the context of psychosis, enhance a person's sense of meaningfulness? The case described here suggests that, in some circumstances, they can. This prompts further questions into the complexities of delusion as a lived phenomenon, with important implications for the clinical encounter. While assumptions of meaninglessness are often associated with concepts of 'disorder', 'harm' and 'dysfunction', we suggest that meaning can nonetheless be found within what is commonly taken to be incomprehensible or even meaningless. A phenomenological and value-based approach appears indispensable for clinicians facing the seemingly paradoxical coexistence of harmfulness and meaningfulness.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjb.2020.151

Type

Journal article

Journal

BJPsych Bull

Publication Date

12/01/2021

Pages

1 - 7

Keywords

Delusion, meaning, phenomenology, psychopathology, psychosis