Thought insertion is the belief that an outside force has placed a thought or idea into one’s mind. Even though the thought is often described as being heard inside one’s own head, the feel or tone is alien, leading to the belief that the thought is from an outside source. Thought insertion is classified as a bizarre delusion, which is a belief that is clearly implausible and not common within the individual’s culture. Bizarre delusions are a positive symptom of psychotic disorders, which are generally characterized by believing or experiencing things that are not real or true. Other examples include hallucinations, ideas of reference, thought broadcasting, and paranoia. Individuals can show a range of conviction in the validity of bizarre delusions over the course of ...

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