It is 1978 or ‘79, and I am on the morning bus going to El Dorado High School. There’s my buddy Bob sitting next to me, rambling on and on about this cool book he just read finished called The Shining. I become so intrigued that after school I get off the bus and instead of walking home I walk downtown to Graves Drugstore and buy the paperback of the book, all silver with the head of a faceless boy on the cover.
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The doctors have a name for it: confabulation. The filling in gaps in memory by unconstrained fabrication.
In the latter half of the 19th Century, there was this Russian psychiatrist named Sergei Sergeyevich Korsakov observed this behavior in chronic alcoholics. Most often, these patients resorted to imagination to compensate for irregular memory loss and impaired ability to acquire new information.
The phenomenon is called Korsakov's psychosis.
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