Pathological Lying, Accusation and Swindling
who should be acquainted with these striking mental and moral
vagaries, particularly in their forensic and psychological
significances, that our essay is addressed. In some cases vital for
the administration of justice, an understanding of the types of
personality and of behavior here under discussion is a prime
The whole study of characterology or the motivation of conduct is
extremely new, and there are many indications of immense values
in uncovered fields. Some appreciation of this fact may be gained
from the following pages which show the possibility of tracing one
form of behavior to its source.
We have laid under contribution practically the entire literature on
the subject, almost none of which is in English, and also the
thorough-going longitudinal case studies made by the Juvenile
Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. In the latter material there was
found much of value bearing upon the subject of lying, false
accusation, and swindling of pathological character.
Our institute, later taken over officially by the Juvenile Court of
Cook County, was for five years maintained upon a foundation
provided by Mrs. W. F. Dummer.
WILLIAM HEALY MARY TENNEY HEALY
WINNETKA, ILL. June, 1915.
CHAPTER EDITORIAL ANNOUNCEMENT PREFACE I.
INTRODUCTION II. PREVIOUS STUDIES III. CASES OF
PATHOLOGICAL LYING AND SWINDLING IV. CASES OF
PATHOLOGICAL ACCUSATION V. CASES OF PATHOLOGICAL
LYING IN BORDER-LINE MENTAL TYPES VI. CONCLUSIONS INDEX
OF AUTHORS INDEX OF TOPICS