Pathological lying

Other Names:
Uncontrollable lying
Failure to resist impulses to lie

Pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania) is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck. Although it is a controversial topic, 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".

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET