one-upmanship syndrome

one-upmanship syndrome

A term which refers to the habit of some patients of exaggerating the symptoms of their particular condition—e.g., worse symptoms, greater pain, a longer recuperation, bigger gallstones, etc., than others with the same condition—which may evoke greater sympathy in spectators.
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The locations of his gates help to exacerbate the one-upmanship syndrome.