Therapeutic psychology submits that many people who

  • No School
  • AA 1
  • 66

This preview shows page 40 - 45 out of 66 pages.

Therapeutic psychology submits that many people who confess to being witches indeed suffer from "mythomania“. The technical terms for mythomania is "pseudologia phantastica“. Mythomania refers to a person's compulsive lying and making up fantastic stories. Mythomania originated from experts in forensic psychiatry who had opportunity to observe children giving false testimony. Psychiatrists discovered that a mythomane lies deliberately and consciously, and eventually comes to believe and act out the lie to make it appear real.
Image of page 40
5: Ideological dimensions of witchcraf accusation ..5 5.2. Child Witches as Mythomanes Those susceptible to being mythomanes are children, the aged, and the mentally retarded. These vulnerabilities also expose these people to witchcraft accusation. Experts have found that lying by children is more normal and may not indicate a chronic pathology to be classified as mental illness. But persistent lying by adults can be seen as the onset of mythomania. It is believed in forensic medicine that children have an incomplete grasp of the contours of the real world and often resort to making up stories if they are under pressure. Or, if they sense that such stories are expected or the stories will make them important and revered.
Image of page 41
5: Ideological dimensions of witchcraf accusation ..6 5.2. Child Witches as Mythomanes Other motivations for story making include to gain attention and praise, appear mysterious, or use it as a vehicle of pure malice. Where mythomanes are motivated by attention-seeking, they are susceptible to suggestion. Mythomanes have a flair for figuring out what is expected, responding quickly to compelling autosuggestions. Mythomanes program their brains to confer reality status to the makeup stories. Over time, the mythomane starts to believe in the reality of the story. Mythomanes use information from others, television, Internet and mental imageries to build imaginative structures.
Image of page 42
5: Ideological dimensions of witchcraf accusation .. 7 5.2. Child Witches as Mythomanes Mythomanes constantly scan the social horizon for cues to spin stories rewarding them recognition. They can quickly evaluate what they overhear and form make- believe stories. They generally have the skills for verbal expressivity, thus enabling them to tune into a theme compellingly. Through eloquence and strategic gossiping they can draw attention to themselves, and make their lies believable. The ultimate escalation of mythomania is acting out the lie, with the classic case of "possession." Once ‘possessed’ the mythomane becomes a "demonopath," a person claiming to be suffering from demonic torments. Historically, demonopaths were the active initiators of witch panics, playing aggressive roles in the prosecution of witches.
Image of page 43
5: Ideological dimensions of witchcraf accusation .. 8 5.2. Child Witches as Mythomanes Mythomanes generally and demonopaths in particular rely on group reinforcement and an accepting audience.
Image of page 44
Image of page 45

You've reached the end of your free preview.

Want to read all 66 pages?

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors