Pathological Lying Category

What is pathological lying?

The article by Yang et al (2005) is provocative, thoughtful and intriguing and provided much food for thought. Participants were divided into three groups: liars, normal controls and antisocial controls. Half of those in the liars group were malingerers and the others displayed conning/manipulative behaviour on the Psychopathy Checklist – Revised (PCL-R), deceitfulness criteria for DSM-IV antisocial […]

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Prefrontal white matter in pathological liars

Studies have shown increased bilateral activation in the prefrontal cortex when normal individuals lie, but there have been no structural imaging studies of deceitful individuals.Aims To assess whether deceitful individuals show structural abnormalities in prefrontal grey and white matter volume.Method Prefrontal grey and white matter volumes were assessed using structural magnetic resonance imaging in 12 […]

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Psychological trauma and Pathological Lying

Psychological trauma is damage to a person’s mind as a result of one or more events that cause overwhelming amounts of stress that exceed the person’s ability to cope or integrate the emotions involved, eventually leading to serious, long-term negative consequences.[1] Trauma is not the same as mental distress. Given that subjective experiences differ between individuals, people will react to similar traumatic events differently. […]

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Anger: An emotional driver of revenge

Aggression often occurs in response to some frustration (Berkowitz, 1989). However, aggressive revenge, more specifically, is thought to be driven by negative affects such as anger in response to some transgression (Harmon‐Jones & Sigelman, 2001). Anger is experienced as an unpleasant emotional state often associated with the approach motivational system (Harmon‐Jones, 2004; Harmon‐Jones, Schmeichel, Mennitt, & Harmon‐Jones, 2011; Threadgill […]

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Prefrontal white matter in pathological liars

Background Studies have shown increased bilateral activation in the prefrontal cortex when normal individuals lie, but there have been no structural imaging studies of deceitful individuals.Aims To assess whether deceitful individuals show structural abnormalities in prefrontal grey and white matter volume.Method Prefrontal grey and white matter volumes were assessed using structural magnetic resonance imaging in […]

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Mythomania (also known as pseudologia fantastica or pathological lying)

In psychology, mythomania (also known as pseudologia fantastica or pathological lying) is a condition involving compulsive lying by a person with no obvious motivation. The affected person might believe their lies to be truth, and may have to create elaborate myths to reconcile them with other facts. A pathological liar is someone who often embellishes his or her stories in a way that he or she believes […]

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How to deal with compulsive lying?

If you really wish to stop lying, as a compulsive liar, you should start telling the truth and being honest at all times to your therapist and put in the hard work to improve. By being able to practice telling the truth with a therapist, it will be easier to apply it to your personal relationships.

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics

An old jest runs to the effect that there are three degrees of comparison among liars. There are liars, there are outrageous liars, and there are scientific experts. This has lately been adapted to throw dirt upon statistics. There are three degrees of comparison, it is said, in lying. There are lies, there are outrageous […]

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Why Lying Becomes Second Nature for Some People

Why Lying Becomes Second Nature for Some People However, both compulsive lying and pathological lying are usually a symptom of a bigger issue, such as: Narcissistic Personality Disorder Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Bipolar Disorder Addiction or Substance Abuse Borderline Personality Disorder Sociopathy Compulsive liars can be hurtful to people around them, especially those who are close […]

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Anyone can pick out a pathological liar.

If you’re trying to decide if someone you know is a pathological liar, here are some traits to look for: The lies are elaborate. Earlier when I said it was exhausting to pick apart what was fact and what was fiction, it’s mostly because of how elaborate the lies are. Typically, a pathological liar will weave […]

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