Great points, Mike. I agree with everything you said, and I didn’t mean to speak for Jim. He did not say no, it won’t work for Mind. I simply took the accumulated meaning of his response to tend toward a net negative. So not a hard and fast “no”, but one more firm than “it depends”.
But while Jim is aware—he’s probably the one that taught most or all of us—that we can say anything we want about the subject matter of pathological lying, he also lets us know that what people usually want to talk about when they talk about pathological lying is Psychology. A statement bolstered by his years of experience with Dramatica and other writers, which is why I point out that his advice is much more practical than my own. His answer was practical in 1. that he’s got far more time and space (or, if you prefer, years and work with other writers) in Dramatica than the rest of us, and 2. “it depends” is an answer that points to what is theoretically possible while “usually this is that” is an answer that tries to get at what is probably and practically being spoken to.
And just so that it’s clear to others, Mike, I want to say that Mike and I are not arguing over anything here (I think, though, again, I shouldn’t speak for others ) but simply pointing out the way that conversations on the forum are sometimes deficient. We often answer questions based on assumptions about what’s being asked because it just isnt feasible to expect someone to provide a novel-length question in order to provide full context and it isn’t feasible to expect others to read or reply to something like that. So instead, questions get asked without full context and answers are given that are full of assumed and implied ifs and buts.
So it is good to point out sometimes that some answers are more theoretical while others are more practical and not to abandon all hope, ye who enter here because you were told something didn’t work. If you ask a question and do get a “no, that doesn’t work” answer, always feel free to follow up with another question.
“What would work here?”
“How do I get this to work here?”
“How can I address this topic within that element?”