I know someone who is a compulsive liar. This person feels compelled to lie to not "look bad" to others when he makes a mistake, however the lies he tells are whoppers and create much more problems for him than just telling the truth would in the first place. His fear of making people upset is so irrational, that he'll invent all sorts of dramas, as far as pretending to be the victim of a crime, so that people don't know he just lied about not showing up somewhere. What compels people to lie when the truth would serve them better?
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def some mental issues going on and I too, cannot wrap my brain around why when you have already dug a small hole, you would use a backhoe to make it deeper instead of just coming clean - and repeatedly! Makes no sense to me.
Oh my, Crafty.....dear, dear me....I believe there's a name for individuals like the one in your story....but it's not a medical term.... "NUTCASE !" Bless you for having the character to confront her!
I'm pretty sure Nutcase has been added to the medical dictionary...or it should be anyway :)
In so many ways we could be talking about the same person. I just don't understand. We all lie sometimes to save face, but to lie and then turn on people and just go over the top - I don't get it. Sorry you had that experience!
I can see that, it is a compulsion for sure, but just one I can't wrap my brain around. It seems to me if you don't want to alienate people, you would instinctively not lie to them repeatedly. strange indeed and I can see sociopathy as key yep.