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Thursday, August 4, 2016


What is the Difference Between a Sociopath, a Compulsive, a Pathological, a Chronic, and a Habitual Liar?

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 (see lovefraud, for more on sociopaths).

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 (see how to cope with a compulsive liar).

Compulsive Lying Survey

Use this survey to determine how your lying compares to other people’s lying.
If you donfeel like taking the survey but would like to see the results, please click here.
I grew up in an environment where it was difficult, but important, to gain approval.
When talking about events, I tend to exaggerate a lot, even about small details which do not really matter.
I find that telling the truth creates a lot of anxiety and discomfort.
I have lost several important relationships with friends, family members, or romantic partners due to their lack of trust in me.
I have gotten into some uncomfortable situations at work due to my lying.
I have been confronted by more than one person about my lying.

1 comment:

  1. It is rightly said that looks can be decisive, so you cannot trust a person for an innocent face. I was surprised to know that one of my employees failed the Lie Detector test in the case of stealing a confidential file from my cabin.