Personal Fable

A personal fable is an aspect of adolescent egocentrism in which the adolescent believes that his/her thoughts, feelings, and experiences are unique, better or worse than other people’s, and shared by no one else.  For example, say a female teenager breaks up with her boyfriend.  No one else can know the hurt and pain; no one knows what she is going through (Berger, 2018; Feldman, 2014).

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Often occurring with a personal fable is the invincibility fable.  (See that article.)


Berger, K. S. (2018). The developing person: Through Childhood and adolescence (11th

ed.). New York, NY: Worth.  

Feldman, R. S. (2014). Child development: A topical approach. Boston, MA: Pearson.