Mental Health

Can pathological liars be cured?

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2011-09-12 15:47:53

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.

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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.

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