Pseudologia fantastica in the borderline patient

Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Oct;143(10):1287-9. doi: 10.1176/ajp.143.10.1287.


An infrequently described clinical feature sometimes associated with borderline personality disorder is pseudologia fantastica, or pathological lying. The author describes four cases of pseudologia fantastica in borderline patients. Clinical, forensic, and treatment implications of this disorder are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / psychology*
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Deception*
  • Fantasy
  • Female
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personality Disorders / psychology*