Anatomy of a liar

People who are really good at lying leave a trail of destruction in their wake. Not only do they lie to you and to others but they also lie to other people about you. If they are really good at lying then the other people believe them. They are masters at turning friends against friends in order to further their aims.

They will commit fraud to further their aims. They will hide things, they will manipulate and undermine.

Outwards they can appear to be really lovely people. In fact, they may work hard on creating a kind persona. By the time you realise that they are actually manipulative and deceitful it is usually too late. By then the only thing left to consider is whether you are dealing with a compulsive liar or a Sociopath.

A Sociopath

A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused—it is done to get one’s way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways…

Compulsive Liar

A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (unlike sociopaths), rather they simply lie out of habit—an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship…

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