The reality of Mrs B

Armin Schnider

in The Confabulating Mind

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Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199206759
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754487 | DOI:
The reality of Mrs B

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This chapter explores the case study of Mrs B. Mrs B's case is a particularly striking example of reality distortion in memory: she confabulated events that had not taken place, falsely recognized people, and confused current reality with elements from the past. Yet none of these malfunctions of memory appeared to be random. Every false idea had a plausible trace in her past. But the most striking aspect of her memory problem was the conviction she held in her inappropriate plans: She was absolutely convinced about her perceived reality and acted according to it. Nothing and nobody could make her change her mind about where she was and what she had to do.

What is it that motivates patients like Mrs B to make up false stories about their recent doings and to produce plans for the future that are completely incompatible with their current status? What is it that prevents them from acting and thinking in accord with true ongoing reality?

Chapter.  3062 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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