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malinger

[mə′liŋ·gər]
(medicine)
To pretend or exaggerate illness in order to avoid responsibilities.
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Rogers (1998) recommended that malingerers be confronted in a firm but nonthreatening way about their attempts to deceive.
Although the present results suggest that our simulated malingerers had difficulty inhibiting irrelevant information (likely because of an attentional resource allocation issue), various shortcomings and alternative interpretations of the data should be addressed.
Explicit personnel policies and accurate record keeping are also useful in preventing stress claims in the case of Malingerers.
Believe me, this wasn't an attempt at sick humour but a genuine belief that one shouldn't indulge malingerers.
It is, however, unlikely that most firms are ready to embrace what would inevitably be seen as Big Brother tactics, except perhaps in the most extreme of cases when dealing with persistent malingerers.
There is always going to be stuff about malingerers and, provided it's being done sensitively, I'm not against the idea.
If the public perception is that ME is just a bit of tiredness and that its sufferers are a bunch of whingeing malingerers who need to get off their backsides and pull themselves together, they have a very wrong impression of this devastating, disabling illness that wrecks so many lives.
If the public perception is that ME is "just a bit of tiredness" and that sufferers are malingerers who need to get off their backsides, they have a very wrong impression.
It is a tricky issue and there is no doubt that a small proportion of claimants are malingerers.
It could also mean that patients are not just dismissed as malingerers when their doctor fails to make a diagnosis.
Sometimes, malingerers use a double bluff, relying on the fact that doctors know people suffering from stress often refuse to admit it.