mythomania noun: an excessive or abnormalpropensity for lying and exaggerating
The idea of trust is an importanttheme in the book; the reader is never sure of the extent of the protagonist‘s mythomania.
“The pathological liar … cannot helplying, even when the lie causesharm. It is this aspect of mythomaniathat distinguishes it as an illnessrather than a habit.” — Gloria Wall, Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Indiana), April 27, 2012
Did you know?
We wouldn‘t lie to you about the history of mythomania. It comes fromtwo ancient roots, the Greek mythos(meaning “myth“) and the Late Latinmania (meaning “insanity marked by uncontrolled emotion or excitement“). One myth about mythomania is thatit’s a very old word; actually, the earliest known uses of the term dateonly from the beginning of the 20thcentury. It was predated by a relatedword, mythomaniac, which appearedaround the middle of the 19thcentury. Mythomaniac initiallyreferred to someone who was obsessed with or passionate aboutmyths, but it was eventually used for individuals affected with or exhibitingmythomania.