7 Common Characteristics of a Liar

People lie every day about small things, whether it’s telling someone they look good in an outfit when they really don’t, or that they’re having a good day when they’re really not. Sometimes people tell lies that they think are in the listener’s best interest, or not to hurt someone’s feelings such as making an excuse for not going to a function.

Characteristics of a Liar

However, there are also those whose relationship to lying is completely different from the average person. These people are sometimes called compulsive or pathological liars. According to the Psychiatric Times, a pathological liar is someone who tells frequent and repeated lies that appear to have no benefit or motive. A compulsive liar is someone with an addiction to lying, whether the lies benefit them or not. Not all liars have the same characteristics, but the following illustrate seven common characteristics of a lifelong liar.

1.Frequent Lying

Compulsive or pathological liars don’t just lie now and then, but consistently about both small and large things. Pathological liars are also known for studying people, to ascertain what kind of lies they can tell that will be believed.

2.Inability to Confront Truth

Compulsive liars refuse to confront the truth, even when presented with overwhelming evidence that they are lying. They will continue trying to convince you that your evidence is wrong and they are right. In some cases, they may lie about things they’ve done or their past in order to make themselves more interesting.

3.Changing Stories

Liars tend to change their stories as they go and may change it for different audiences as well. The listener can look for this by asking questions to establish a sequence of events. The liar may also add in events that stretch belief.

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