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What is determinance?

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January 07, 2013 6:08AM

In psychology, determinance is the perceived causality which persons suffering from certain mental illnesses desire over all events, ideas and persons within their range of perception. Among the symptomatic phenomena are fabrication (the compulsive telling of invented data or narrative, often with the determinance-addict at its center) and one-upping or one-downing (the automatic modification of quality/quantity of others' citations so as to remove their validity). There is little agreement as to whether environment, inheritance or both are cause(s) for the disproportionate representation of females in this pathology.