Five types of liars, and one of them is worse.  How to recognize them?

  1. People lie on average twice a day, and white lies predominate

  2. The most common reasons for lying are fear, discomfort, control, or habit

  3. Impulsive liars are the least “harmful,” but if they cheat frequently, they may become compulsive and then pathological liars.

  4. You need to be especially careful with sociopathic liars and psychopaths. They have made cheating their way of life

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The article was created as part of the series “Psychological Mondays” – every Monday in Medonet you will find articles about psychology, self-development and well-being.

Why do we lie?

Honesty is a trait we value highly, both in others and in ourselves. Unfortunately, despite this, we lie too often. Lack of honesty is one of the most common problems people face in various relationships, whether they are partnerships or relationships with friends, family, or children. Motives for lying vary, and are often placed in the context of a specific situation. However, there are patterns that can be noticed, and being able to recognize and deal with dishonesty in your life is invaluable.

There are many reasons why a person might lie. Many people lie out of fear or discomfort. They find it easier to lie than to face embarrassing or difficult situations. Others lie because it gives them a sense of control, and they often use lies to manipulate. Sometimes people lie out of habit or oversight. Regardless of the motive, lying is always a bad thing, and sooner or later, if it comes to light, it may lead to a loss of trust in the other person. What types of liars might we encounter in our lives?

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Types of liars

People lie for different reasons, and the lies themselves have different “weight” – some are harmless, others may cause minor discomfort, and others may destroy trust and relationships with another person. distinguishes between five types of liars.

1. Impulsive liars

This is the kind of everyday liar any of us can become at any stage of life. When you say you ate one cake when you ate two (or seven), when you make up an excuse because you don't want to meet someone, when you exaggerate the success of the project. Little lies like these, which we often call “losing the truth,” are supposed to make us feel better and help us avoid admitting things we're ashamed of.

Most inconsiderate liars are harmless, but when “missing the truth” becomes a habit, it can become a problem and difficult to stop. As with other bad behaviors, the more you do them, the harder they become to spot and deal with.

2. Compulsive and neglectful liars

These are people who once lied to hide perhaps uncomfortable facts or to change the density of important information, and out of temptation, they continue to create a false image for their own benefit. Because people don't tend to notice gradual changes (slow-boiling frog syndrome), the shift from being an occasional impulsive liar to a compulsive liar may be difficult to notice, and the thinking won't happen until it's too late.

Compulsive liars may say what the other person wants to hear just to keep the conversation going or preserve their self-esteem. Inconsistencies are often detected in compulsive cheaters because they lie out of habit and do not attach importance to their words.

3. Pathological liars

Pathological liars are the ultimate form of compulsive cheaters. Once you know that someone is a pathological liar, you can safely assume that most of what they say is a lie to some degree. Unfortunately, if you don't know this person well, it can be difficult to understand that they are pathologically incorrect.

As you get to know the pathological liar better and have more and more opportunities to verify his words, it becomes clear that you are dealing with a cheating and dishonest person. Unfortunately, pathological liars do not see the need to change their behavior, and have no problem losing confidence.

4. A sociopathic liar

A relationship with a sociopathic liar is very difficult because Such people cheat to achieve their desired goal, and the relationship that binds them is only a means to achieve this goal. One way to spot this type of liar is to observe his behavior when he is criticized for dishonesty. Usually, people who are caught lying show some guilt because they know deep down that what they are doing is wrong, but they do not like to face the consequences of their actions.

Sociopathic liars have no feelings of guilt. If they are cited for dishonesty, they may “turn the tables” or even cut themselves off from the relationship that is problematic for them and engage in another relationship in which they can freely cheat.

5. Psychopathic liars

This type is rare but severe and dangerous. Sometimes it can be confused with a pathological liar, but the difference between them is the emotions associated with lying. This makes it difficult to identify a psychopathic liar. If someone lies all the time, is it because it has become a habit or because they have no remorse? Or both?

Like Type 4, the psychopathic liar sees relationships with people as a means to an end. They do not attach themselves to people, do not worry about being lied to, and do not feel any embarrassment or remorse about it.

Psychopathic liars are also characterized by a high degree of selfishness, inability to plan for the future, and aggression when faced with difficulties. We've written more about psychopathic personality here.

If you are wondering how to spot a scammer, check out our article. There are three subtle signs to watch out for.

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