Republic of the Philippines
Laguna State Polytechnic University
Los Banos, Laguna
CG 601 Personality Development
A Case Study of a Pathological Liar
A pathological liar lies compulsively and impulsively, almost without thinking about the consequences of his action. He/she lies regularly on a spontaneous basis even if he/she gains no benefit from it, or even if he/she traps into it. A pathological liar cannot control his impulse to lie and it is usually a self-defeating trait. These are people who tell lies when there is no clear benefit for them to do so. An individual who is not a pathological liar may lie to avoid punishment or ridicule. He or she may be less-than-truthful to avoid hurting someone else. When the problem of lying is at the point where the person is unable to control it, that person is considered to be a pathological liar.
Lying. Dissembling. Prevaricating. They are all different labels for versions of the same activity: deliberately misleading others and getting them to believe something that is not true, through words or actions. In some cases, lying can be compulsive and with no apparent reason for it. That’s what mental health professionals refer to as pathological lying or “Pseudologia fantastica.”
Understanding the Pathological Liar
Basically, a pathological liar is someone who tells lies habitually, chronically and compulsively. It has simply become a way of life for this person, to make up things for a variety of reasons and eventually, the truth becomes uncomfortable while weaving whoppers feels right to them. This kind of lying tends to develop early on in life, often as a response to difficult home or school situations that seemed to resolve better if the child lied. It's a bad habit, not a manipulative trait––this is how to differentiate a pathological liar from a sociopath who does seek to manipulate.
Part of the reason the pathological liar feels compelled to lie is because he or she may...
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