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Phenomenology: The study of events or happenings in their own right, rather than from the point of view of inferred causes. Pressure of speech: An increase in the amount of spontaneous speech; rapid, loud, accelerated speech. It is also called pressured speech. Occurs in mania, schizophrenia, and organic disorders. See also Communication disorder, Logorrhea. Rapport: Conscious feeling of harmonious accord, sympathy, and mutual responsiveness between two or more persons. Rapport contributes to an effective therapeutic process in both group and individual settings.

Nihilistic delusion (delusion of negation). Depressive delusion that the world and everything related to it have ceased to exist. Paranoid delusion. Delusion of persecution grandiose delusion. Religious delusion. Delusion involving the Deity or theological themes. Sexual delusion. Delusion centering on sexual identity, appearances, practices, or ideas. Somatic delusion. Delusion pertaining to the functioning of one’s body. Systemised delusion. A group of elaborate delusions related to a single event or theme.

Affect, Labile: Affective expression characterised by repetitious and abrupt shifts, most frequently seen in organic brain syndromes, early schizophrenia and some forms of personality disorders. Affect, Restricted: Affective expression characterised by a reduction in its range and intensity. Affect, Shallow: A state of morbid sufficiency of emotional response presenting as an indifference to external events and situations, occurring characteristically in schizophrenia of the hebephrenic type but also in organic cerebral disorders, mental retardation and personality disorders.

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