Pathological lying is a symptom of various personality disorders, including antisocial, narcissistic, and histrionic personality disorders. Other conditions, such as borderline personality disorder, may also lead to frequent lies, but the lies themselves are not considered pathological.
Why do I feel the need to lie?
While some people who lie want to protect the feelings of others and spare someone else pain or hurt, many people lie to protect their own feelings, self-esteem, self-confidence, or other personal emotion. A woman who says, I didnt want that job anyway, when she really did, is lying to protect herself.
How do you get a liar to stop lying?
12 Tips to Break a Lying HabitFind triggers.Know your lie type.Set boundaries.Consider the worst.Start small.Maintain privacy.Evaluate the goal.Learn acceptance.More items •Oct 31, 2019
Can liars change?
Can Compulsive or Pathological Liars Change? In Ekmans experience, most liars who are compulsive or pathological dont want to change enough to enter treatment. Usually they only do so when directed by court order, after theyve gotten into trouble, he says.
Can lying lead to depression?
Lying also can lead to: Depression and anxiety. When people lie to avoid dealing with emotions or problems, the same problems continue to occur and get worse. It just makes for more emotional work.