An imagined or unrealistic self-image with sexual overtones, which most commonly affects older single women, in which their fantasised world overlaps and becomes confused in their minds with the real world. The term has also been used to refer to the drive by a married woman to escape the boredom and obligations of her married life
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In terms of Girardian theory, bovarism implies a lack of autonomy, an inability to forge one's own identity contrary to or in spite of environmental influences (Mentira 9).