The psychological reasons why some people can't stop lying

Business Insider | 6/9/2018 | Lindsay Dodgson
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There are several theories for why some people can't stop lying.

Narcissists are often pathological liars, because they simply don't care about the truth.

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They prefer to tell lies and gain control over people than be honest.

Sometimes, compulsive liars are highly impulsive people who struggle to take the time to think things through and tell the truth.

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Lying doesn't necessarily make you a bad person, but it could be a sign of something more sinister.

By the age of three or four, we all start to lie. At this point in our brain's development, we learn that we have an incredibly versatile and powerful tool at our disposal — our language — and we can use it to actually play with reality and affect the outcome of what's happening.

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Sooner or later we learn that lying is "bad," and we shouldn't really do it. But if Jim Carey's "Liar Liar" taught us anything, it's that this just isn't feasible. We all have to lie sometimes.

But some people are pathological liars, meaning they can't stop spreading misinformation about themselves and others. The psychological reasons for why some people are this way is a bit of a mystery, but in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, pathological lying is a disorder in its own right, as well as a symptom of personality disorders like psychopathy and narcissism.

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"I think it comes from a defect in the neurological wiring in terms of what causes us to have compassion and empathy," psychiatrist Judith Orloff, author of "The Empath's Survival Guide," told Business Insider. "Because narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths have what's called empathy deficient disorder, meaning they don't feel empathy in the way we would."

When you don't care about other people, lies don't seem to matter. A lack of empathy essentially means a lack of...
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