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folie à deux

[¦fō·lē ä ¦du̇]
(psychology)
Identical or similar mental disorders affecting two individuals, usually members of the same family living together. Also known as shared paranoid delusion.
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[2] Terms such as "folie imposee," "folie simultanee," "folie communique," and "folie indiute" designate subtypes of the phenomena of "folie a deux. [11]" The lack of clarity, its rarity, as well as the limited knowledge of its natural history and prognosis has contributed only a little to increase our knowledge of the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying the phenomena, beyond pure phenomenological descriptions.
Separation is recommended for all 4 types of folie a deux, although it works best for folie imposee.
En 1942, Alexander Gralnick propuso la division en cuatro subtipos del folie a deux: a) folie imposee; o sea, la forma clasica en la que los delirios de un individuo psicotico son transferidos a un individuo no psicotico; b) folie simultanee, o la aparicion simultanea de una psicosis identica en dos personas predispuestas; c) folie communiquee, o la transferencia de delirios de una persona a otra, pero solo despues de un periodo largo de resistencia por parte del individuo no psicotico; en este caso, los delirios persisten a pesar de la separacion; y d) folie induite; o sea, el desarrollo de nuevos delirios en la persona que esta bajo la influencia de otro paciente delirante (2-4).
Yet this frisky folie a deux hits the rocks when Carpenter's bisexuality emerges and Crane, whose out-of-control sexual proclivities become publicly known, attempts to reboot his flagging career.
In what the French call folie a deux, there is a patterned situation whereby two individuals--one of whom is psychologically stronger--become so involved with one another that the stronger of the two greatly influences the other's belief system (often a delusion of some kind).While it is true that a perfect case is rare, the same cannot be said about Heaven's Gate.
All these patterns can be detected in the behaviour of Giovanni and Annabella: brother and sister, and thus subject to the same hereditary forces, they both display deviant behaviour, but Annabella's ceases when she leaves the company of her brother and repents of her previous actions.(7) The presence of such a mixed bag of symptoms means that the characters' behaviour does not fit precisely into any single type of the known forms of folie a deux, but Enoch and Trethowan, however, note that ~in practice they are often very difficult to differentiate',(8) and even if Ford was aware of the existence of the condition he could hardly be expected to have a secure grasp of its variants.
It seems that Richter and his foremost critical champion are engaged in a bizarre folie a deux, in which the question of whether or not what Richter is doing is what Buchloh says he's doing never comes to an agreeable end.
The plot is simple: Two women in late middle age meet, quarrel, fall in love and, in lieu of having sex, design for themselves a folie a deux that resembles in its bizarre intricacy the divine madness of the hippocidal hero of Equus.
11.28 (480m H/c): Hypnotic Django (14), Nyla Lucky (W) (11), Daniels Saviour (8), Killieford Holly (4), Calico Jack (4), Folie A Deux (scr).
The Season 5 premiere, titled "Folie a Deux,"  finds Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan (Lucy Liu) joining the NYPD manhunt for a serial bomber who is active again after going dormant for six years.
Folie a deux is French for "a madness shared by two", and also the name of a syndrome whereby two people experience the same hallucination.
LUDLOW: 1.35 Swing Bowler, 2.05 Monte Cavallo, 2.35 King Of Castile, 3.10 Esteem, 3.40 Amtired, 4.15 Folie A Deux, 4.50 Polyfast, 5.20 Barenger.