Personal meaning enhancement
Personal meaning enhancement can be described as a considerably increased sense of personal significance becoming attributed to external stimuli, innocuous situations, and coincidences. For example, one may feel the lyrics of a song or events in a film relate to their life in a meaningful and distinct manner that is not usually felt during everyday sobriety. This feeling can continue to occur even when it is rationally understood that the external stimuli does not genuinely relate to the person experiencing it in such a direct manner.
At its highest level, this effect will often synergize with delusions in a manner which can result in one genuinely believing that innocuous events are directly related to them. For example, one may begin to believe that the plot of a film is about their life or that a song was written for them. This phenomenon is well established within psychology and is commonly known as a "delusion of reference."
Personal meaning enhancement is most commonly experienced under the influence of hallucinogenic compounds such as psychedelics, dissociatives, and cannabinoids. However, it can also occur less consistently and in its more delusional form under the influence of deliriants and heavy dosages of stimulants.
Compounds within our psychoactive substance index which may cause this effect include:
- Responsible use
- Subjective effects index
- Psychedelics - Subjective effects
- Dissociatives - Subjective effects
- Deliriants - Subjective effects
- Understanding delusions (PubMed) (PubMed.gov / NCBI) | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21234155
- Ideas of Reference | Encyclopedia of Psychology (PsychCentral) | http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/ideas-of-reference/