The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Pathology of Lying, Etc. by William and Mary Healy:|
although we readily grant that out of the materials of her mental
experience she may ultimately build up definite delusions.
Summary: A girl of 16 had been engaged in an extraordinary
amount of clever shoplifting under the influence of her
``mother.'' In the courts where the cases against her were heard
there was much sympathy with the girl, but it was difficult to
carry out any measures for her benefit because of the excessive
prevarications which had characterized her for a long period.
Under oath she falsely accused her ``father'' of sex immorality
with her. She was removed from her home, and with knowledge of