These are the three New York states of mind, and what they have in common are longing and a quantity of delusion.
It requires a huge degree of self-belief, a considerable lack of self-awareness, and a touch of delusion.
To his fellow survivors and to the audience, this delusion indicates another slip on a downward spiral.
For one thing, it shows an overhealthy self-regard that crosses into delusion.
And like Jodorowsky, Kubrick also had the delusion that some Hollywood studio would back his vision.
Anders perceived the delusion behind the grayness, and then there was nothing at all.
It must be this sort of blindness which had led her so far in so fearful a delusion.
No Secretary cherished the delusion that he was running the Province.
Evidently all forms of suggestion tend to create an atmosphere of delusion.
By his zeal he gained many adherents for the Sabbatian delusion in Africa; but he also made enemies, and incurred dangers.
"act of misleading someone," early 15c.; as a form of mental derangement, 1550s, from Latin delusionem (nominative delusio) "a deceiving," noun of action from past participle stem of deludere (see delude).
Technically, delusion is a belief that, though false, has been surrendered to and accepted by the whole mind as a truth; illusion is an impression that, though false, is entertained provisionally on the recommendation of the senses or the imagination, but awaits full acceptance and may not influence action. Delusions of grandeur, the exact phrase, is recorded from 1840, though the two words were in close association for some time before that.
delusion de·lu·sion (dĭ-lōō'zhən)
A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness.