"Cryptomnesia" is when somebody uses another person's idea because they have forgotten whose idea it was in the first place—it's not deliberate plagiarism, and usually, a simple reminder can correct the mistake.


Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D writing in Psychology Today makes the following points:
  • Recognize the ethical issue.
  • Gather information.
  • Identify those who stand to benefit.
  • Identify alternative actions.
  • Compare alternative actions.
  • Implement action(s) and monitor outcomes.


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