The Art of Pathological Lying

Most lies are told out of some sort of fear, but some types of lying go far beyond small-time deception. Pathological or compulsive lying isn’t only unhealthy to the offenders, but also destructive to those around them. Research shows that over 40% of those affected had cases of central nervous system abnormality. Further, most offenders were also diagnosed to have many other mental illnesses, such as borderline personality disorder and bipolar disease.  Due to these combinations, rationalization, judgment and awareness of reality are greatly diminished. There’s no known cure, but intense psychotherapy seems to be helpful. Sadly, the best advice to avoid confrontation with pathological liars usually means distancing oneself from them.


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