What is confabulation? This is a new word for me. I heard it, and looked up its meaning, and just had to write on it. Let us take a look at the meaning of confabulation in our Webster Dictionary.
Confabulation-1. engage in conversation; talk. 2. fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.
Daily Wisdom Word Definition of Confabulation-filling in conversation with things that are not necessarily true although the person sharing memories with you, does not realize they are not being truthful.
Mental illness and brain injury can cause confabulation. We see confabulation in someone who is repeating memories that they believe really happened. This may be a way that an individual copes with tragedy or trauma. They need a coping mechanism in order to deal with what happened to them and the injury that it caused to their brain. see: https://www.brainline.org/author/celeste-campbell/qa/what-confabulation-and-how-does-it-relate-brain-injury to learn more about the individual mental illness that can bring about confabulation. Brain injuries are one of these things.
Usually confabulation occurs when the frontal lobe of the brain has been damaged in some way. Confabulation is fascinating to watch from another individual because these people are not intentionally lying so whatever they are telling you is very believable.
“There are two categories of confabulation. Provoked and spontaneous. A provoked confabulation is when a patient invents an untrue story in response to a question. These types of confabulations tend to be quite common among patients with amnesia or dementia. A spontaneous confabulation is a more rare occurrence and involves the telling of an untrue story with no apparent motivation.”