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Can you help a compulsive liar if he won't admit to lying?

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NO! Because it's a psychological issue and should be treated by a psychologist because he honestly doesn't believe he is lying (so no, he's not lying to you about the fact he's a liar.) People that are compulsive liars have usually grown up in an environment, or sometimes they are ashamed of their past or feel that they're past is not as exciting as most people's so they either make something small in their lives dramatic to attract attention by their peers or, they simply lie. You are either going to have to take your friend the way they are, or move on.

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