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Sunday, January 14, 2018

"A stranger disfigured herself in an acid attack, she told police. Then she confessed."

This is Munchausen's syndrome in action.

We should never lose sight of the fact that Munchausen's is nothing but an offshoot of sociopathy.


Anonymous said...

Or possibly of Cluster B personality disorders in general? I can imagine someone histrionic doing something like that.

- Gethin

Anonymous said...

To put yourself through such unnecessary physical pain, like wow.

- Susan

John Craig said...

Gethin --
I've only known a few histrionics, and honestly, I can't imagine them doing this. Then again, I've known more than a few sociopaths, and I can't imagine them doing it either. I think it takes a special kind of sociopath to do this, the kind which the textbooks used to refer to as "affect-hungry," meaning, they have an unquenchable thirst for affection, and will do anything to get it.

When I think of famous people who are histrionics, I think of Jim Carrey or Robin Williams. Or I think of the Kardashians, or various other types who are "famous for being famous." And most of them wouldn't do this either.

I've never known anyone with Munchausen's personally, but when you think about the "disease," it's all about sociopathy: dishonesty in the service of being able to bask in others' affection and sympathy (and possibly even admiration). To me, it's first cousin to those people who claim to be Special Forces when they're not, or CIA when they're not.

John Craig said...

Susan --
"Wow" is right.