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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Atticus Complex

A psychologist in Wales explains why we do what we do:

Leo Hendry, professor of psychology at the University of Glamorgan, said people were keen to trace their roots out of a sense of self-identity.

"They begin to piece together a part of their identity that they didn't know about," he said.

"Some people dream about being the illegitimate great-grandson of a nobleman. It adds another dimension to who you are.

"It's an extension of the kind of fantasy daydreaming you did in childhood. I was convinced as a child that Gregory Peck was my grandfather." [Link]

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