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What causes someone to lie compulsively
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People with certain personality disorders are more prone to pathological lying.
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Likely not just one reason. Probably different reasons depending on the person. I knew one person who did it for attention. Another who did it in order to control situations via controlling people. One of my siblings did so in an effort to impress (zero self-esteem). I once had a friend who did it because she was ashamed of who she really was and the life she was living...so she created a fake life in order to avoid embarrassment or being "found out."
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My H is a compulsive liar. I don't know if he has a personality disorder or not. I have BPD and am not a compulsive liar. I think it might have to do with pleasing others and avoiding consequences? All I know is that I can catch my H in a lie and he'll lie about lying.
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People lie because they believe that the truth wont get them what they need or want.
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My H is a compulsive liar. I don't know if he has a personality disorder or not. I have BPD and am not a compulsive liar. I think it might have to do with pleasing others and avoiding consequences? All I know is that I can catch my H in a lie and he'll lie about lying.
My ex boyfriend would lie when the truth would serve him better!
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To the expert deceiver, truth and lies serve the same function: to convince you of something.
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To the expert deceiver, truth and lies serve the same function: to convince you of something.
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There are some people who lie even when it is harmful to their well being and when there is no clear advantage in doing so. I think of these people as habitual liars. They are lying because that is an integral part of their way of being in the world.
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My ex boyfriend would lie when the truth would serve him better!

Oh.....you, TOO????? Mine (from decades ago) is in jail for raping his own son (WAY after our very short relationship). There is a young man around here who reminds me very much of him ( "I stopped an attempted robbery last night with
my awesome karate skills") and I will lay odds he will wind up in the same sort of trouble.
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