Is there a word that describes the state of mind of being moved by your own imagination or assumption?

For example, a boy thinks that he really loves a girl, and believes the girl will love him and idealizes his love because he has made a lot of efforts, but the truth is the girl doesn't like him at all.

Another example: ‘White Savior’-style volunteers who work in Africa to help local people and who think of theirselves as selfless angels but actually are of little help due to lack of ability.

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    I think "delusion" is the word you're looking for. – Hot Licks Feb 16 '18 at 18:44
  • delusion +1 ... also vanity dictionary.com/browse/vanity or hubris ... @Hansyvea, do you specifically mean the situation where someone is unrealistically proud of themselves, or more generally any strong feeling induced by a belief? – ArchContrarian Feb 16 '18 at 19:50
  • I mean that, like, you have some lofty thoughts: ‘I really have sacrificed a lot, the world shall become a ever brighter one,’ and you become so obsessed in your own feeling. – Hansyvea Feb 17 '18 at 6:11
  • the boy could be said to be "in love with love", that is, "in love with the feelings associated with being 'in love' (infatuated). – AmE speaker Feb 17 '18 at 6:29

'How to use a word to describe a state of mind that you are moved by your ... assumption?

a vainglorious state of mind.


  • Not exactly...if you continue to read the given examples, you may find it might not be vainglory...thanks for help – Hansyvea Feb 17 '18 at 6:13

Presumptuous - full of, characterized by, or showing presumption or readiness to presume in conduct or thought, as by saying or doing something without right or permission.

Conceited - having or showing an excessively high opinion of oneself.

Fanciful - marked by fancy or unrestrained imagination rather than by reason and experience.

None of these seem quite perfect to me, but "fanciful" sounds like the best fit to my ears.

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