Compulsive Lying and Vicarious Trauma

Compulsive liarHave you ever had an experience with a person who always seems mysterious and nothing they say ever comes to fruition?

Well…if so, you might have been dealing with a sociopath, narcissist, or even a pathological liar. This article will discuss 6 important characteristics we should all be aware of with the pathological liar.

In this video, I discuss characteristics of pathological liars and the connection to personality disorders such as narcissism and sociopathy. I also broach the topic of vicarious trauma.

It’s important to understand how pathological liars interact with others. Some characteristics you may notice include but are not limited to:

  1. Habitual/frequent lying that is consistent
  2. Triangulation (which I will discuss further next week)
  3. Listening to respond ONLY
  4. Manipulating you into “playing” roles in their life
  5. Seducing you
  6. Exaggerating things to distract from the truth
  7. Using emotions to control and dominate
  8. Studying you and looking for your weakness
  9. Rehearsing their lines and lies

There are also common characteristics of pathological lying that can be found in the following diagnoses:

    Oppositional defiant disorder
    Conduct disorder
    Juvenile Delinquency
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    Antisocial Personality Disorder “sociopaths” and “psychopaths”
    Histrionic personality

Vicarious Trauma and the Compulsive, Narcissistic Liar


To view my article on 6 Subtle Characteristics of Pathological Liars click here:

Psychological trauma:

Emotionally detached parents:

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