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  • n. A researcher who poses as a patient.


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pseudo- +‎ patient


  • In the first session, the therapist diagnosed “incest survivor,” telling the pseudopatient she was a “classic case.”

    Born to Believe

  • The pseudopatient complained of feeling depressed and having recent relationship problems with her husband.

    Born to Believe

  • When the pseudopatient returned for her second session, puzzled about her lack of memory, the therapist told her that her reaction was typical and that she had repressed the memory because the trauma was so awful.

    Born to Believe

  • In one case, the pseudopatient visited the therapist complaining about nightmares and trouble sleeping.

    Born to Believe


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  • "Upon further questioning, the eight pseudopatients were to answer honestly, save for name and occupation. They were to feign no other symptoms. Once on the ward, if admitted, they were immediately to say that the voice had disappeared and that they now felt fine. Rosenhan then gave his confederates a lesson in managing medication, how to avoid swallowing it by slipping it under the tongue, so it could later be blurted back to the toilet bowl."

    - Faking Mental Illness,, cited 8 Feb 2009.

    February 8, 2009