Journal Published Online: 01 May 1997
Volume 42, Issue 3

A New Variant of “Subjective” Delusional Misidentification Associated with Aggression



Delusional misidentification syndromes are psychotic conditions in which the affected individual experiences delusions of radical change concerning the identity of others and/or of the self. These syndromes may lead to aggression, including serious violence toward others. In this article, we describe and analyze in detail an aggressive individual who suffered from a delusion that physical and psychological replicas of himself existed. We specifically analyze the link between the patient's subjective misidentification delusion and his resulting aggression. Both the roles of phenomenology and biology of delusional misidentification are evaluated as potential contributors of aggression.

Author Information

Arturo Silva, J
South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, Texas
Leong, GB
Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, Missouri
Rhodes, LJ
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Weinstock, R
West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
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Stock #: JFS14139J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14139J