Grandeur Delusional Syndrome (GDS®)
We all want to believe our writing, our stories and our styles are above average. That's why we become writers. But sometimes the writer tips over the edge into GDS®.
Dr. Wright takes a unique, compassionate approach to GDS® by presenting to the writer his actual work, versus his perceived work and his actual critical acclaim (or lack thereof) versus the perceived critical acclaim. He uses different measurement techniques to define true writerly success versus delusional, perceived successes.
This is especially tricky with academics who have been published in their school's literary magazine for years, but never in any other venue.
"I help the patient compare his or her perceived success with the real world's standard for success. I call it PAPA:
-Are you in the Press?
-Are you receiving critical Acclaim?
-Are you getting a Paycheck?
-Do people stop you for Autographs?
"This is the reality check system used to combat GDS®. It's extremely effective."--Dr. Julian Wright