- Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
- extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
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To use a philosophical term, the paranoiac is the Simon-pure "solipsist."The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
- philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
Word Origin for solipsism
1871, coined from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + ipse "self." The view or theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or the only thing that is real. "The identification of one's self with the Absolute is not generally intended, but the denial of there being really anybody else" [Century Dictionary].
The belief that all reality is just one's own imagining of reality, and that one's self is the only thing that exists.