Have You Heard of Compulsive Lying Disorder?

From time to time, we all tell small lies. Usually these white lies are to avoid hurting the feelings of another person. Otherwise, have you ever found yourself embellishing a story to make it just a tiny but more compelling? For the most part, these lies are not harmful, are said without malicious intent and only happen once in a while. All good unless it becomes a habit, right? For some though, lying becomes part of their identity, to the point that they can’t stop. Compulsive lying disorder, also known as mythomania and pseudologia fantastica, is the chronic behavior of compulsive or habitual lying. Unlike telling the occasional white lie to avoid hurting someone's feelings or getting in trouble, a compulsive liar seems to lie for no apparent reason.  

What Does Compulsive Lying Look Like?

You may have a friend who seems to always have the best stories - usually ones that no one else was around to witness. You may find they appear to have a glowing CV and references, with not much to back up their claims. At worst, you could see them lie about something you were a witness to, and even the fact that you saw something different happen will not change their mind.

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