anonymous asked:

Could you tell me about mythomaniacs/pathological liars? Do they lie even if they don't need to? All the time? Sorry if this question if too broad.

It’s important to know that “pathological lying” is not a diagnosable disorder, and as such there isn’t agreed-upon criteria for what that term actually means.

However, in doing my research on this, I found a fairly amazing and comprehensive thesis about pathological lying that could be incredibly useful if you plan to write a pathological liar! (See here - it’s literally an entire book on this topic. It’s a little on the technical side, but I might be able to help you out on specific terms if you need me to).

Here’s the gist of the symptoms that are described (you don’t have to have your character have all of them; just pick and choose a couple):

  • They lie much more often than is socially acceptable.

  • The lies are told with no apparent purpose or material gain to the character - they fulfill a psychological need, not a physical one. Some possible motivations include:
    • Wanting to sound interesting
    • Because they were bored
    • They want to be the center of attention
    • The lies are wish fulfillment
    • They want sympathy
    • The lying may be automatic.

  • The lies portray the character in a positive light, especially stories of the character being heroic, or playing the victim 
    • Note - lies about military service or taking part in espionage are relatively common

  • The character doesn’t take responsibility for their lies easily. They deny they’re lying, and when challenged, will keep the lie going by telling more lies, or become aggressive. However, they can admit they were lying if confronted with enough evidence.

  • They have trouble controlling or stopping their urges to lie.

  • The lies build up on top of each other and can get out of control.

  • The character may be aware they’re lying, but oftentimes, they have trouble admitting it. They might even believe their own lies.

  • Other people are capable of telling that the lies aren’t true.

  • The lies can seem odd or illogical to others. Sometimes, they’re incredibly trivial (e.g., lying about what they had for breakfast)

  • The character does often feel bad after lying, but they can’t stop themselves.

  • They keep telling lies despite the risk of hurting their relationships and reputation (to the point of losing a job, relationship, or opportunity because of it)

  • The character is really sensitive to criticism and rejection, and a lot of the times they lie to try to make people admire them or at least think well of them.

  • They try to deceive others rather than admit to their mistakes or wrongdoings

Hope that helps! 

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anonymous asked:

how exactly would one know if they are in a cult?

It’s hard to come up with a universal definition of a cult. People spend a lot of time arguing just what a “cult” is, and it’s almost never helpful and practical to the people who are part of them. IMHO, just about any organization can be a cult - there can be secular cults if the level of control and psychological coercion is sufficient.

Sorry for the ugly link, but here’s a decent article with a basic checklist at the bottom:

I tend to think of cults as being manipulative/abusive relationships on a larger scale. They’re not always making you donate your life savings or enter servitude to an enlightened leader - at least, not obviously. But they carefully exert pressure on you to get you to do what they want, whether you want to or not.

anonymous asked:

I'm not quite sure if this is in the scope of this blog, but: how might somebody get a false diagnosis of autism?

I think it depends a lot on the country, since different countries have very different diagnosis policies.
The most lax kind of diagnosis process that could exists would be a professional who doesn’t always know anything about autism ask the character some questions off a checklist, and diagnose them depending on their answers. Now, I don’t actually know if this kind of process is used anywhere, but some mental disorders are diagnosed like that so I guess it must be the case of autism too in some places. If this is the kind of diagnosis process your character has to go through, faking it may be doable.

Now, in France where I live, the diagnosis process is much more involved. It includes extensive questions, observation of traits, psychometric tests and questions that a relative must answer about the person’s chidhood. Faking it would be very difficult, this process is more likely to give false negatives than false positives.

I don’t know where your story is set, so I can’t tell you more about the specific diagnostic guidelines of this place.

If it is a doctor who has to make the diagnosis, if your character knows the doctor well or bribes them somehow, it might also possible to make them write a false diagnosis. Of course, this would be completely illegal.

But i’m not sure why your character would want a false diagnosis of autism though. Being autistic is very stigmatized and the accomodations one might get from their diagnosis wouldn’t be very useful for someone who is not autistic.

-Mod Cat

Also, in case you are asking how someone might be misdiagnosed as autistic without trying: as Cat says, it depends on where they are diagnosed and by who. It certainly doesn’t seem likely to happen, though. There are situations where the doctor is just asking a series of questions and using the answers to determine whether the person is autistic. If they suspect the person is autistic, they might either consciously or subconsciously skew things in that direction or try to excuse away anything that doesn’t fit the list of traits. 

If a person is completely neurotypical, it’s highly unlikely that they would be misdiagnosed as autistic unless they were really trying hard to do so. The differences are very clear. However, someone might have a different condition which is mistaken for autism. Things certainly go the other way pretty frequently - I was misdiagnosed with a whole host of other issues before it was finally discovered that I was autistic, and my traits fit perfectly! The doctors just didn’t want to look at that possibility because I communicated so well.

But a misdiagnosis of autism seems really unlikely, since the word “autistic” is still so stigmatized and many people will try hard to find another explanation before settling on autism. I’ve certainly never known anyone who was misdiagnosed autistic, so it’s really not a common occurrence. Autism is actually hugely underdiagnosed. So if you want to make a character be misdiagnosed as autistic, you’ll really have to make it an unusual situation. Maybe they are seeing a specialist in autism who’s a little too gung-ho and sees autism in everyone? Or they self-misdiagnose as autistic and go to a doctor who isn’t as diligent as they should be and accepts that self-diagnosis without doing enough research? But it’s not a super realistic situation, and personally I wouldn’t recommend using it in a story. I’m not too excited about putting the idea out there that people who have been diagnosed autistic might not really be autistic. Many of us who’ve worked hard to become skilled in allistic-style communication already have a hard enough time “proving” to people that we’re really autistic and getting the understanding and assistance we need.

-Mod Aira


I’m a very lazy person. I know my characters well, but every time I try to fill out a proper character sheet, I either get distracted or simply never finish them.


I made this! A silly, simple character sheet in which you only have to check boxes to get to know your dear puppet character. Use to your heart’s content, and if you’re going to repost, please credit! Enjoy~

PDF/Printable version on Google Drive

‘only pack the necessities’ they said. ‘what’s all this? you cant take weapons on the plane, bucky’ they said. so now i just have this big suitcase with only a toothbrush inside it

Originally in pink by @novice-heartbreaker 💙

Remember, pals, it’s okay to eat! It’s okay if you have to take medication to get the same balance of chemicals in your brain as other people! It’s okay to care for yourself, even if you don’t think you deserve it (you do)! It’s okay to need a break, too! You are ALL loved!

💙Please don’t remove credit/caption💙

Character Development Checklist

How well do you know your character? 

Basics are a given. You know their eye color, hair color, and maybe even their height and clothing preference. You know she isn’t a morning person. You know he has a preference for dogs over cats. But how well do you really know them?

Obviously, every character is not going to need all this information, and some will not be applicable for every character. Use your better judgement. I know you have it.


  • Character’s Name
  • Character’s Nickname(s)
  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex/Gender
  • Hair color
  • Eye color
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Scars
  • Tattoos
  • Birthmarks
  • Piercings
  • Dress/clothing preferences
  • Right/left handed/ambidextrous
  • Glasses/contacts

Family and Relationships:

  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • Marital Status
  • Significant Other
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Other family members
  • Friends
  • Enemies


  • The religion they follow (if any)
  • Beliefs
  • Superstitions


  • Country of Birth
  • Place of Birth (State, city, etc)
  • First Language
  • Accents


  • Highest Education
  • Degrees


  • Occupation
  • Salary
  • Employment history
  • Work space
  • Mode of Transportation


  • Rent or Own
  • House, apartment, etc
  • Mode of transportation
  • Living space
  • Address

Inner Workings Of Your Character:

  • Secrets
  • Fears
  • Worries
  • Eating Habits
  • Food preferences
  • Sleep preferences
  • Work preferences
  • Book preferences
  • Music preferences
  • Introverted/extroverted
  • Optimist/pessimist
  • Hobbies
  • Pet peeves
  • Prejudices
  • Proud of
  • Biggest vulnerability
  • Embarrassed by
  • Worst memory
  • Best memory
  • Skilled at
  • Unskilled at
  • Attitude
  • Obsessions
  • Stresses
  • Addictions
  • Handicaps (physical)
  • Handicaps (emotional/psychological)
  • Allergies
  • Medical history


  • Verbal quirks
  • Physical quirks
  • Gestures
  • Work habits
  • Sleeping habits
  • Annoying habits
  • Irrational habits
  • Eating habits
  • Healthy habits
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Mannerisms
  • Drinking habits

Objects Kept In - And Why:

  • Their closet
  • Their bedroom
  • Their purse/bag
  • Their fridge
  • Their car
  • Their desk
  • Their pockets
  • Their junk drawer
  • Their glove compartment
  • Their backpack
  • Their locker


  • Talents
  • Political preference
  • Strengths
  • Flaws
  • Prized possessions
  • Special/favorite memories
  • Time and date of birth
  • What they love
  • What they hate
  • Favorite season
  • Social class
  • Sports/clubs

26 list/page ideas for your journal

These are all pages and lists I have in my bullet journal. I’ve linked the pages I’ve posted pictures of. Hope you can get some inspiration from this :)

  1. Films I want to watch - When I sit down to watch a film I always end up using too much time trying to find a film. Therefore I have this list, its super helpful. Also, I always rate the films after I’ve seen them.
  2. My favorite films of all time
  3. Tv-series I’m watching/have watched 
  4. Books I want to read - Same here as with the films, if I stumble upon a book that looks good I add it to my list for when I’m looking for a new book to start.
  5. Books I want to read this year - This is separate from the other book list because it’s more of a challenge to myself, a list of books I’m gonna try to read in 2016.
  6. Countries and cities I want to visit (X)(1st pic)
  7. Countries I have visited - I like to see all the different countries I’ve been to, and its always exiting to ad a new one to the list.
  8. Habit tracker - I just started my first habit tracker in May, and I use it to track my training, water intake and when I last watered my plants. It’s really helpful!
  9. Quotes - I have two spreads dedicated to my favorite quotes, I love to have them all in on place. (x)
  10. Webpages - There are so many helpful webpages out there, but it can be hard to remember them when you need them.
  11. Places to visit in a specific city - I love London, and I often find places and restaurants I would like to visit next time Im there, so I write them down so I don’t forget them! (works with countries as well!)
  12. Grades - Keeping track of your grades is great, so you can see where  you have to improve next semester. I love this page because I like to be really organised and this helped me see where I needed to put more focus!
  13. Bucket list - A classic! (x)(2nd pic)
  14. Museums I’ve visited - I love museums, and my goal is to visit some of the best museums all over the world, so I keep a list over those I’ve visited so far. (x)(3rd pic)
  15. Things I’ve accomplished - I really like this one, because I’ve done so many cool things the past years, and its easy to forget them, so this list has really helped me be thankful and proud of myself.
  16. 100 things that make me happy - Makes you think and appreciate the things that make you happy more!
  17. Historical photographs - I love photography, so I have two spreads where I have put some of my favourite famous and historical photographs. (x)(8-9th pic)
  18. Concerts I’ve been to
  19. Themed doodle page - I have a ‘summer’ page full of everything I associate with summer.
  20. School calendar - A yearly calendar dedicated to schoolwork, so you can see when you’ve got classes and exams. Really helpful to have it separated form everything else. (x)(2nd pic)
  21. Anniversaries/birthdays - Always a good thing to remember your friends and family’s different anniversaries.
  22. Journal ideas - I can get some ideas for my bullet journal at the most random times, and I like to have a place to write them down. (x)(1st pic)
  23. Word of the day - There are so many cool words that we never use, and since english isn’t my first language, I think this is a great way to learn new words! (x)
  24. Packing checklist - I often pack a lot of the same things when Im going somewhere, so instead of making lots of checklists all over my journal, I’ve made one, reusable checklist! (x)(x)
  25. Instagram activity tracker - I like to track my Instagram activity (on my photography account), to see what kind of pictures are most popular and gets most response. (x)
  26. Future log - A place to write down important dates in the coming months or years. I think this is super helpful for when I make the monthly spreads, to go and check my future log so I don’t forget any important dates.  (x)