Confabulation is a technical term for a process typically ascribed to patients who have problems with their memory or their self awareness. We ask a patient why they have done something, and they tell us a narrative that sounds like a memory, but that we know to be false. So we say that the patient has confabulated. Their unconscious (but still diseased) mind has drawn together disparate stories in a desperate attempt to make their recent actions—and lives—make sense.
|Title of host publication||Memory in the Twenty-First Century|
|Subtitle of host publication||New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|