A hospital patient walks toward the nurse's station and observes the nurse talking on the telephone. A few minutes later, the patient accuses the nurse of having called the police. The nurse should interpret this behavior as
• Ideas of reference are a common symptom in schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. The person interprets an event occurring in the environment as having particular significance or reference to themselves.
• Incorrect: Transference is the unconscious redirection of feelings from one person to another, often from a relationship in the past.
• Incorrect: Reaction formation is a defensive mechanism of acting the opposite of what one thinks or feels in an exaggerated manner.
• Incorrect: Projection is an unconscious blaming of one's own unacceptable attributes or thoughts on someone else.