[[Saint]] Ignatius (Brianchaninov) notes that there are two distinct kinds of prelest:
# ''imagination'' – the person imagines in himself or outside something that does not exist. This kind of delusion includes false way of prayer (with imagination of Heaven, Lord [[Jesus Christ]], [[Angels]], Saints) and real visions on the same subject originating from the demons.
conseit'' (pride, arrogance) – the person attributes to himself dignity before [[God]] that he does not have.
St. Ignatius says that the first kind of prelest results from the wrong action of the mind and the second - from the wrong action of the heart.