Compulsive Liar vs Pathological Liar

  • Pathological Liar: An individual who knowingly lies. This individual will often do it with no regard for the other person’s feelings. Pathological liars are often associated with sociopaths (unable to feel empathy with other individuals), and those with severe forms of narcissism. Pathological liars will often lie to purposely guilt, manipulate, and/or put the individual in an uncomfortable position, making them to want to do what the pathological liar wants them to do.
  • Chronic Liars: Someone who will lie constantly. It is often a form of addiction. Some want to stop, but find themselves unable to. Severe forms of chronic lying gets to the point where they can no longer tell themselves, what is “real” and what is “fake”. Severe cases can lead to the individual living COMPLETELY in their own fantasy world. Dissociation may be a common symptom as well. Lying out of habit can potentially stem from trauma and/or be used as a survival tactic that evolved into a habit.

Both need mental health treatment and need to be taken seriously among psychologists and psychiatrists. We need to stop the stigma and HELP these individuals!

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