If the reveries which are common to most normal people are analysed, they are found to contain all the ideas which when developed constitute the delusions of the megalomaniac. All such thoughts of richness, power, honour and the like are the intellectual expression of “self-feeling” (sentiment de la personalité), a feeling which is also manifested by certain acts and emotional reactions—pride, vanity, courage, ambition. Since these ideas of grandeur are simply the translation into images of this self-feeling, one would expect that they would follow an evolution in the individual life parallel with the growth of this sentiment. Such is found to be the case. In young children, the reveries bear on play and motor activities. From eight to fifteen years, ideas of riches, expensive clothes, large houses, etc., appear. Later, the sentiment gives birth to love of approbation, desire of praise, and parallel with this reveries of future greatness and glory. Still later, the feeling becomes broader and is associated with the personality of others. At this epoch, altruistic reveries appear which attain their full development in the so-called “paranoia reformatoria.” With the expansion of the intelligence reveries of invention and intellectual expansion become manifest. This is the basis of the so-called “P. inventoria,” and is also observed in obsessional cases. During puberty also the sentiment of the personality associates itself with sexual feelings leading to amorous reveries. In the earlier years of this period, the thoughts consist chiefly of ideas of a future home, etc., but later they become much more systematised, and consist of romances of love and seduction in which the dreamer plays the chief and usually successful rôle.
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