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Old February 4th, 2019, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default What causes some people to be chronic liars?

I am asking about people who are always lying about everything. If they speak, what they are saying is lie or half truth. Maybe some part of what they are saying might be true, but most of what they are saying is not. Its like its extremely difficult or impossible for them to tell the truth, even when its a simply Yes or No question.

I am not asking about people online either, who maybe making up stuff just to have fun or whatever.
I am not asking about people who decide to become con men, or lie because they are trying impress some girl or guy. It is about people always are lying about everything and to everyone. Nothing they say is ever 100% true.

What causes people to be like that?

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Old February 4th, 2019, 09:40 PM   #2
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Maybe there is no excitement in
their lives and the only way they
can have people pay attention to
them is to make up lies.
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Old February 4th, 2019, 10:24 PM   #3
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Maybe they get (kind of -technically) elected President and their lips move?
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Old February 4th, 2019, 10:24 PM   #4
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That's a great question. I've wondered about that myself.

I know of two guys and two girls who do that. The lies they tell have no purpose. It's not to make them look good and it's not because they have nothing else to say. They just lie for the sake of lying. I think it's referred to as pathological lying.

I can understand lying to make themself look better, but that's not what these people do.

I more understand the lying online, which this site is full of.
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Old February 5th, 2019, 05:58 AM   #5
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My friend is a total cronic liar. Well not a friend anymore. He lied so much that he is no longer anyone's friend as he just lies like sipping water. I think it's environmental, since he's doing this to majorly just make his life different.

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Old February 5th, 2019, 10:48 AM   #6
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That's a great question. I've wondered about that myself.

I know of two guys and two girls who do that.
Give names, give names, give names!
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Old February 5th, 2019, 05:30 PM   #7
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Give names, give names, give names!
The four people I was talking about are IRL, so you wouldn't know them.

As for this site, the list of fakes is probably longer than the list of legit members. But at least I can think of reasons why someone would want to fake a profile to be able to be on this site, though I think it's wrong.
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Old February 6th, 2019, 07:11 PM   #8
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I wonder if it is an official psychological condition. Certainly if the lying is mostly to exaggerate or live in a fantasy world then that kind of person is generally called a Walter Mitty after the film character of that name,
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I wonder if it is an official psychological condition. Certainly if the lying is mostly to exaggerate or live in a fantasy world then that kind of person is generally called a Walter Mitty after the film character of that name,
It is, a pathological liar, is a term that comes from the DSM.


I think people lie in real life have a real psychological problem, it could range from self-delusions of proving to themselves they are more important than they are when measured against society's measurement of what makes a person worthy VS unworthy (wealth, sexual prowess, and beauty standards etc.)


They aren't con-men or women persay, but in a way they are trying to con themselves through self-validation, on what at it's core could be a deep insecurity.

For them it feels good to lie, and their brains probably get dopamine from doing so, and if they get a taste for manipulating others through their lies, then that's a power-trip and entertainment.
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I'm just thinking out loud here, and I could be dead wrong, but maybe it starts with little white lies (like saying you're sick when you're really not so you can stay home), and at some point it just escalates from there? As if it becomes an addiction?

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Old February 8th, 2019, 08:10 AM   #11
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It's because this person is disinterested with the truth and reality that much, that they'd rather say lies that say the truth. I don't know about the others, but in my case (there was a time where i lied about so many things, though i never lie here) that's my reasoning.
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Old February 11th, 2019, 08:16 PM   #12
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Followup Question: Is Donald Trump a pathological liar or just someone who choses to lie a lot because it works for him?

He could be both, or something else.
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Old February 13th, 2019, 05:04 PM   #13
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I think it depends on a number of things. Typically, when someone is a chronic liar it is reflective of other underlying issues. For example, maybe a person feels like they aren't interesting or don't have many friends, so they lie in order to seem more interesting. It can also be a viscous cycle. As anyone who's told a lie would know, once you lie, you have to keep lying to maintain your story or it'll all come tumbling down. Just some ideas, far from the only possibilities though.
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Great imagination mixed with dissatisfaction in their lives. Could it be?
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