According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a pathological liar is “a person who lies compulsively usually for no external gain or benefit and often with detrimental consequences.” A person who is a pathological liar will fabricate a complete falsification which is typically overreaching and complicated. The person who is lying is usually aware they are lying, while other pathological liars may actually convince themselves that they are telling the truth.
Although lying is morally wrong, everyone does it. It is a part of our human nature. What sets most of us apart from pathological liars is the fact that a pathological liar is provoked by a chronic tendency to tell lies. Pathological liars are not provoked by any kind of social pressure. Their tendency to lie is usually an innate personality trait. A pathological liar likes to “big themselves up”, so to speak, by telling lies that present them as either a hero or a victim.
Dating someone who is a pathological liar is unhealthy and dangerous. It can impact your ability to trust people, It can also be detrimental to any future relationships you may have. If you think you may be dating a pathological liar, here are eight signs to watch out for. Please note that if you feel you’re in an abusive relationship or if you think your partner needs professional health, you should consult with a medical professional.
1. Contradictions: Pathological liars are usually very inconsistent with their stories. Their lies often contradict each other and unravel over time.
Remember, sometimes there is absolutely no personal gain for a pathological liar when they are telling lies. Their lies are often pointless and their inconsistencies and contradictions in their stories highlight this.
2. Attention seeking: Pathological liars tell lies as a way to seek out attention.
They will often go to extreme measures to gain the attention they want, even if it means concocting ridiculous, elaborate stories that don’t make any sense or even seem too good to be true.