pseudologia fantastica


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pseudologia

 [soo″do-lo´je-ah]
lying; falsehood.
pseudologia fantas´tica a tendency to tell extravagant and fantastic falsehoods centered about the storyteller, who often comes to believe in and may act on them.

pseudologia fantastica

Pathological lying, usually for psychological reasons rather than for personal gain. The condition is considered to be a type of factitious disorder.
See also: pseudologia
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She has abandoned her pseudologia fantastica (gratuitous but engaging lying that mixes fact and falsehood), has successfully pursued additional education, is well-established in a career, and has stable housing as reflected in medical and work records and the statements of friends.
In Shay, the district court had excluded a proffered defense expert on the likelihood that the defendant's confessions were the product of the defendant's mental illness, pseudologia fantastica, and, as a result, would be unhelpful and potentially confusing to the jury.