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almo 1
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pseudologia



A condition, often related to a more general mental illness or personality disorder,
in which a person tells elaborate and fantastic stories,
especially about himself or herself,
as if believing them to be true, but readily changes or abandons them if challenged.


Wilmar (USA)
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That's an interesting condition. What triggered you to post this?
El-Jefe
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Also known as: mythomania.

Such an interesting word to say, isn't it? MYTHOMANIA.

...but why?
almo 1
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El-Jefe wrote:
Also known as: mythomania.

Such an interesting word to say, isn't it? MYTHOMANIA.





Yes,it is.



almo 1
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
That's an interesting condition. What triggered you to post this?





I forgot what it was, but anyway I thought it was an interesting condition too,
and I'm looking for examples.




Dreamy
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almo 1 wrote:
Wilmar (USA) wrote:
That's an interesting condition. What triggered you to post this?


I forgot what it was, but anyway I thought it was an interesting condition too,
and I'm looking for examples.

Some of my educators made reference to what they called my vivid imagination but this is not the same as pseudologia or mythomania, is it? Now you've got me worried! Anxious

How about this though...

Esther Inglis-Arkell wrote:
Witzelsucht is a mental disorder that causes the sufferer to compulsively make inappropriate jokes or puns — all the time. The condition is generally a result of a stroke in (or an injury to) the orbitofrontal region on the right side of the brain. The frontal lobe is where the personality sits, peering out at the world imperiously. Any changes to this region result in dramatic shifts in mood, tastes, and interests. People who take hits to the left side of the brain often become depressed and angry, while those who are injured in the right side tend to become euphoric and chipper no matter what.


More About The Wisecracking Addiction...

Job 33:15 "In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, In slumberings upon the bed;" Theology 101 "If He doesn't know everything then He isn't God."
almo 1
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There's a good example of pseudologia
in James Patterson's novel "Mary, Mary".


https://www.goodreads.com/book



Drag0nspeaker
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almo 1 wrote:

pseudologia
A condition, often related to a more general mental illness or personality disorder,
in which a person tells elaborate and fantastic stories,
especially about himself or herself,
as if believing them to be true, but readily changes or abandons them if challenged.

. . . and I'm looking for examples.


I've never heard of the term, but the concept has been used in books and films I've known. "Billy Liar" is quite famous.

You mean examples like saying you own a large building in Waikiki, when the truth is it just has the same name as you?
Saying you had borrowed nothing from your father's estate, when you'd borrowed almost nine million dollars.
Telling the tax-man that a building is worth $4.3 million, but in an internal memo valuing it as $366 million.

Examples like that?


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
thar
Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:59:08 PM

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Sounds like a Walter Mitty.

Except I am not sure about the 'give up when challenged' part.

That doesn't sound like your classic fantasist. They always seem to find a way to blur it through, or adapt the story.Think
Eoin Riedy
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Pseudologia, or pathological lying, has been defined as "falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime".

The stories are impressive, but within the limits of believability. If pressed, the person may stubbornly admit they are untrue. (My experience has been that the person is carefully asked for details, he or she will sidestep the matter, turning the scrutiny back on the questioner.)
The lies often seem pointless - not made to avoid the consequences of telling the truth or to maintain a trust. They mostly serve to make the person appear more interesting, embellishing the the person's life to make her or him the victim or the hero; rich, or socially connected.
Some doctors consider pathological lying the same as compulsive lying, some think they are two different conditions, some believe compulsive lying is a symptom, rather than a condition in and of itself. The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considers pathological lying a stand-alone disorder as well as a symptom.

"A review and case report of pseudologia fantastica", The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, June 2006
almo 1
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or maybe just a drama queen.





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