Compulsive lying is also known as Mythomania or pathological lying and it is a serious condition that needs to be acknowledged openly as a medical disorder. It is important to let people know that lying habitually is not okay.
Who doesn’t lie once a while? But that’s just all a part of being a normal Human being. We all lie at some point of our time, sometimes for our own benefits or to get ourselves out of an uncomfortable situation. But that’s all a limited or controlled behavior, and we really don’t like lying at all in the first place. Sometimes just a minor lie keeps us awake at night feeling guilty of our actions. This is all but a normal trait that we all possess.
But a compulsive liar tends to lie for every small thing. You may as well ask them a simple question like what their name is, and they may even lie to you about their name. This is particularly frustrating for people who have to deal with a compulsive liar on a daily basis. It becomes more annoying since it affects you the most rather than the one lying.
In many cases, compulsive lying disorder occurs as a result of several mental conditions such as personality disorder. However, there are also many people who do not seem to have any history of medical conditions, yet they develop this disorder (maybe for the fun of it).
While dealing with a pathological liar, keep in mind that, they are suffering from a medical condition. If you approach them just like any other normal liar, you will only get more frustrated.
- Keep calm and support them
When you talk about treating a compulsive liar, before you can go and seek any medical help, you have to try to do it yourself. Yes, it can be frustrating dealing with them but remember never to lose your patience. If you act violently, they may never open up to you about their lying habits.
It seems impossible to let them accept the fact that they have a problem, and that they need to change or seek professional help, but with patience and support, they will eventually open up about their problem. That is the primary difference between a pathological liar and a compulsive liar. A compulsive liar, if treated well will eventually improve and may even acknowledge the problem while a pathological liar will never do that.