Can pathological liars be cured?
To me, the word "cure" implies an illness that can be treated,
and so we could call it "cured." I don't know what the shrinks
would say, but in my experience, this is primarily a character
issue. People who lie even when there's no reason to, when there is
nothing to protect or gain, are just flat deficient in character.
They lie because they are liars, and choose to be. The
psychologists desk reference, or whatever they currently call the
list of actual mental disorders, keeps growing. Eventually the sum
total of human behavior will be a form of mental illness at this
rate. Chronic liars, in my experience, are also manipulators, so I
guess there is a root reason for their lying. Whatever the cause of
it is, and whatever the shrinks might say about it, in my
experience this behavior is usually a lifetime thing.
Compulsive liars do have a problem and it usually stems from low
self esteem. They feel they are not up to par with their peers so
often lie or embellish on events in their lives to make themselves
look more important. I agree with the other poster on much of what
they said and this is certainly something for the psychology books.
I believe if the person knows they are a compulsive liar (many
seldom can admit this to themselves) and they work with a good
psychologist there is a possibility of learning not to lie. We all
tell "little white lies" at different times in our lives, but most
of us don't lie to hurt others. If the compulsive liar does not
seek treatment or doesn't want it, then it's best to move on
because you'll only get hurt. Trust is a large issue in
relationships whether it's loyalty to family, friends or
relationships with a partner.
sometimes compulsive liars do have low self esteem proublems but
that is not always the case. sometimes compulsive liars lie because
of a tramatic event that has occured in their past such as
childhood abuse. if a person does realise that they are a
compulsive liar it is good to fin help as soon as possibe because
they will have a better chance of overcomming the disease. when
someone is a compulsive liar they do NOT lie by choice. it can be
caused by a defect when the child is developing in the mothers
womb. they can develop up to 20% to much white brain matter witch
can cause some mental illnesses such as compulsive lieing. but
don't confuse compalsive lieing with pathological lieing. they are
verry different and treated in several different ways. basicly, a
pathological liar or compalsive liar doesent lie by choice, its not
something they can control. although on rare occations it has been
proven to form out of habit that starts at a very young often
because the child was not taught the consiquences of lieing or a
parent displaied theese type of behaviors.