Pathological lying is a chronic behavioural issue of compulsive lying. It may stem from the need for acceptance, trauma or negligence. This category of people is somewhere between conscious liars and undergoing delusion.
Identifying a pathological liar
- Their lies seem to have no clear benefit
- The stories they tell are dramatic and complex
- They portray themselves as a victim and seek sympathy
- Repeat their accomplishments to appear as the hero
- They believe the lies they tell
- People pleasers or attention seekers
- Quick to respond but have vague answers
- Lie due to low self esteem or personality disorder
Dealing with pathological liars
- Don’t engage them
- Remember it’s not about you
- Don’t lose your temper
- Expect denial
- Be supportive
- Suggest medical help
The next time you come across someone as such, set your boundaries and do not fall for their facade.
Until next time.