MALINGERING

The process of purposefully feigning a mental illness in order to avoid a harsh punishment during a trial for example or even obtaining financial assistance wrongly. The only motivating force in malingering is the desire to gain or avoid the goal.

MALINGERING: "During court cases, individuals have faked the presence of neurotic symptoms to in order to be awarded a smaller sentence, however, they are normally discovered before sentencing after an examination by a professional."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "MALINGERING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/malingering/ (accessed July 3, 2020).
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