It can be difficult to identify a compulsive liar because these types of people believe their own lies and sometimes, they invent in their mind a reality that does not exist but that they try to make other people believe. It is a desperate way for them to control their environment without realizing that in reality, it is the lie that is controlling them. They enter into a dangerous spiral of lies that could jeopardize their interpersonal relationships.

A person who lies almost as a reflex action will not have trusted people or stable personal relationships, something that can affect him a lot in the long run. A person who lies compulsively rarely accepts help from a professional, so their recovery from pathological lying can be difficult. The worst is also when they accept help but cannot avoid continuing to lie in the specialist’s office. If there is no trust between people, there is nothing.

If you think you know a person who is lying to you but you are not sure if he really is … then we are going to explain some symptoms of the compulsive liar so that you can identify him and if he does not change his behavior, you can put emotional distance so that their lies do not affect you.

Can be tricky

Sometimes it is difficult to spot a compulsive liar.  It often takes time to discover that a person has a problem in this area. Many compulsive liars develop a sophisticated technique that can fool the most skeptical of people. Compulsive liars also do not regret their lies, although they often hurt other people. There are very deep reasons why they lie and it is necessary to understand it first in order to discover it …

How to Spot a Compulsive Liar

Inaccurate representation

You may not immediately know when a person is lying to you. But eventually you will realize that the things they say to you do not accurately represent the person. What they have told you does not add to you and makes you doubt. The person is different from the person you are trying to fit in. Compulsive liars must often lie to cover previous lies …

Low self-esteem

People who are not comfortable with themselves often lie to feel bigger or more important. In reality, they have negative feelings about themselves and feel inferior to other people. So they make up stories to enhance their sense of dignity … But when you listen to them, everything they say doesn’t fit.

Fear and habit

The fear is a common reason why many people become compulsive liars. It could come from something that happened to them when they were younger, in their childhood or adolescence. They fear being punished if they tell the truth, and that fear could soon turn into a habit of lying. They could continue to lie when their false story has been discovered, trying to convince people that the lie is really the truth … they even try to believe it themselves.


An addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other activities can cause a person to lie to get their way. They lie about where they are going to keep their addiction a secret or they lie about where they have been. This makes it easier for them to compulsively lie about anything they may want to hide.


Some people begin to compulsively lie after seeing someone else get away with it. They think they can achieve results that will benefit them if they just lie. It soon turns into a desire to lie to get what they want, especially if they have gotten it before with lies .

Bipolar disorder or ADHD

Personality disorders can cause compulsive lying. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings that cause them to go from being deeply depressed to becoming hyperactive. During the manic phase of bipolar disorder, they develop impulsive behavior that makes it easier for them to lie to continue their behavior and avoid real problems. People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder also develop impulsive behavior that can lead to compulsive lying.  

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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