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I Am a Compulsive Liar

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    Can You Help Me Help A Friend?? (long Story)

    I have many character flaws and life struggles I am sorting out myself, but being a compulsive liar isn't one of them.  I'm actually writing on this board today because I suspect a close friend of being a compulsive liar... and I want to help her if she is.  But before I can do...
    Shocheona Shocheona 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 29, 2011

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    I told the biggest lie,

    to the only person that has ever fully trusted me... I a horrible creature
    LittleDalek LittleDalek 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 8

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    I Don'T Know

    I don't understand it I really do lie all the time. I lie even when it is unnecessary I know when I am doing it but I just can't figure out any other option. It's ruining my relationship with my parents and boyfriend of 2 years. I've also lost a lot of friends because of it...
    Madz2882 Madz2882 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    I'm kind of a compulsive liar.

    . I've lied about really serious things. I've gone to therapists & doctors and I've tried everything. I feel terrible about it.. I hate hurting people. plus, it has cost me a relationship I really cared about. I hate ruining trust with people.. yet I have trouble restraining...
    goldfish121 goldfish121 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    I am a patlogical liar an a narrcist I wanna

    stop so I am reaching out for help I feel like I shouldn't be be in the free world I should be locked up an kept away from sosity I'm pathetic an truly wanna stop I have a idea how its just getting my *** in gear to stop it an stop hurting people ive been doing this for thirty...
    ydobrrup ydobrrup 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 28

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    Is It Compulsive Lying?

    I have come to realize that I may be a compulsive liar. The term first became an easy excuse to justify why I told stupid lies. Why lying was an automated response for me. Why I belived my own lies. Then it started to offend me. I wasn't a compulsive liar! Or was I? The more...
    jlw647 jlw647 22-25, F 3 Responses May 11, 2011

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    I Am a Compulsive Liar

      I hate liars.  I hate lying.  However I have come to the realization that I am a compulsive liar.  I lie, constantly, with no goal or purpose in mind.  I lie for the sake of lying.  I lie to not tell the truth.  Most psychologists will break...
    LyingGirl LyingGirl 22-25 30 Responses Jul 20, 2009

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    It's getting out of hand.

    EP is the only place where I don;t lie and manipulate people. It's all to do with drugs.
    IntoTheFuckingFloodAgain IntoTheFuckingFloodAgain 18-21, M Mar 31

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    I Lie For Attention

    I have been lying since I was 8 years old. I lie so much sometimes that I cannot remember my lies. My friends all still love me but think less of me because of it. I lie to strangers, friends, and family. I lie to make myself look better, and to make myself feel better. I am...
    merscham merscham 36-40, M 2 Responses Oct 10, 2011

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    I am a compulsive liar.

    It's not really by choice, I don't realize i'm doing it. But how do I stop?
    psychotic90 psychotic90 22-25, F 4 Responses Jun 1

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    Angry With Myself, I Want To Stop

    This is my first step to taking action to rid myself of my compulsive lying problem. Like many people on this site, my compulsive lying problem stems from my childhood. My father died of cancer just before I turned 8. My mother was a verbally abusive, manipulative, and neglectful...
    jrc5533 jrc5533 22-25, F Apr 14, 2013

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    I am a compulsive liar.

    I have lied so much and I am trying so hard to stop I really want to start over but I don't know how and I don't know how to face my lies coming back to haunt me does anyone have any pieces of advice for me?
    artisticsoul artisticsoul 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 15

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    Frustration Doesn't Begin To Explain It.

    The hardest part is realizing you just lied about something so small and unnecessary and remembering no prior intention of doing so. It just happens without warning as if it's so easy. It's like your brain is constantly working two steps ahead of you, ready to lie before the...
    RelianceOnScience RelianceOnScience 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 24, 2012

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    I lie to avoid uncomfortable situations,

    I lie to make myself look better than I am, I lie to make others feel sorry for me, but worst of all I lie for no reason at all. There are times when the truth would be so simple, so elegant, so innocent where absolutely nothing could go wrong; and I lie. My girlfriend of 3...
    shafer2100 shafer2100 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 23

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    When I was in middle school,

    I found myself lying about everything - Even stupid things like what I had for dinner the night before. Eventually, people stopped trusting me at all, and even when I was telling the truth, they would think I was lying. That's when I noticed it was a problem. It has been almost...
    stalingradsnow stalingradsnow 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 16

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    My Lies Are Ruining My Marriage And My Life...

    I am a compulsive liar. I don't want to be one, though and this behavior is destroying my marriage and my life.  The person I lie to the most is my husband. The reasons why are mostly when I feel ashamed or feel I will be yelled at or punished for something I did or handled...
    gradpsu2 gradpsu2 36-40 2 Responses Feb 21, 2011

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    It's both a blessing

    and a curse. I only use my lying skills for good though.. Most of the time
    lunamars lunamars 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 20

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    I have just come to grips with the fact I am a

    compulsive liar. My girlfriend of almost 3 years caught me in a lie, and of course being a compulsive liar,i tried to get around it. Then I told her everything, I admitted to having a major problem. It has damaged a lot in my life,my lies have involved just about every person...
    noticonick noticonick 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 29

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    Taking Control Of My Addiction

      Yes, I too am a compulsive liar. Just realized this when I was called out on it. Hard to swallow and in denial and retaliation at first, however have come to terms. Its been two days since I have told any lies so I'm getting there. I have come clean to my loved ones and...
    Alisa48 Alisa48 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 12, 2013

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    I lie too much. I just can't help it,

    it's becoming out of my hand. Well at least I'm being honest in confessing I'm a dishonest person.
    LilithAbney LilithAbney 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    I've dug myself so far in my lies

    that I have to make up more lies in order to carry on the other ones. Its ruining my relationship with my family and my two best friends and I'm just sick of it. I honestly feel like a terrible person because of it and I just want it to stop but I can't and I have no idea why.
    flowinsamoan896 flowinsamoan896 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 16

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    I've been lying since I was young,

    I'm 23 now and its gotten even worse. It's something that I can't control and it has gotten me into a lot of trouble over the years. I lie about almost everything whether it's serious or not, I just can't tell the truth about anything and it has damaged countless relationships...
    safewerki safewerki 22-25, M 3 Responses Apr 26

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    I've always had a problem with my ego.

    I loved pumping helium and bullshit into it so that it would float higher and higher and expand bigger and bigger. I don't know when my bubble burst, but I believe it was around the time I was in second grade ... maybe even as early as first. Your mother always told you how...
    theprofessionalliar theprofessionalliar 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 7

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    "Oh No! I'm A Liar And Going To Hell!" Hah! Just Read The Story.

    "Oh No! I'm A Liar and Going to Hell!" G-d there's so many things that look cool out there! One thing that always looked cool was being a compulsive liar. It's become a recent thing where I tell lies, but that's cause there's people out to get me. I like telling these lies. So...
    WhoisChaff WhoisChaff 26-30 3 Responses Jan 15, 2012

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    The Realisation

    I guess today marks a big step in trying to sort everything out. I am a compulsive liar. The reason I say this now is that I am ready to make a big leap to stop the crap and try and sort my life out. I am what you would say a normal female, university educated at the start...
    scotgal scotgal 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    I Think I Need Some Serious Therapy.

    I've been a compulsive liar since I was about 14 years old. It started when I got an abortion and had to lie to friends about the follow up pills I had to take. I told them that I had tumors on my ovaries and the pills were pain medication. I had to tell several lies to follow up...
    LadyAnna LadyAnna 18-21 9 Responses Jul 20, 2008

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    My Lies Are Breaking Me

    I am a compulsive liar, and I need help.  I hear about other compulsive liars and I see a pattern.  The lies make no sense.  Why do we do this?  Why do I do this?  And how do I stop? It is harder for me to tell the truth than it is to lie.  The...
    annonEmouse annonEmouse 26-30, F 11 Responses Dec 3, 2009

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    Update from my last post,

    thank you to all who responded or showed support, I fear I will be needing a lot more of it in the months ahead... This afternoon I lost my job. Apparently I drunk dialed one of my employees who felt uncomfortable afterwards and expressed her feelings to my superiors who had...
    shafer2100 shafer2100 22-25, M Aug 7

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    Many years ago I had my first experience

    where a lie made my life better, atleast for the moment. Since then I have told many, many lies. To friends and family mostly. It's not so much a habit as a mean to protect myself from awkwardness, shame or harm. When faced with a situation that, if I tell the truth, would lead...
    Tooux Tooux 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 21

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    So my life has been filled with lies,

    It's gotten to the point that I am now known around my high school as "the liar" and I don't have ver good friends. And when I do make friends it normally takes about a year for them to become sick of my lies and they leave my life. My parents know I'm a liar. My friends. My...
    hello1997 hello1997 16-17, M 1 Response Jun 9

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    Only Small Lies...but due to my motivation those might be as bad as big lies

    I am a very creative person, and I often feel like I need to hide the truth. I rarely lie about big things, it is usually about something really little and stupid. I have lied about foods I have eaten that day, I have lied about errands I ran. Sometimes my lies are very complex...
    youngmiss youngmiss 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 30, 2008

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    I Never Knew I Did It, Until Now, And It May Be Too Late

    I have always been a great person, or so that's what I thought everyone thought of me. I had good grades, a good education, a great job right out of college, and an extremely beautiful wife. I have made mistakes, and I admit to them, but I always had and still have the problem of...
    bswimy bswimy 22-25 3 Responses Oct 23, 2011

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    Self-perception From A Serial Liar

    People always tell you honesty is the best policy. I am inclined to agree. However, I can also tell you that living life as a compulsive liar it's not as simple as just telling the truth. You have a habit of lying and constantly have this INTENSE fear of how others will see you...
    memphis0723 memphis0723 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2012

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    I lie to everyone, you know?

    I mean, everyone believes it and I have an excellent memory when it comes to spewing bullshit. I hate it because I cant talk to any of my friends without them asking about a lie that I told a few months ago. It's become a problem and sometimes I can just imagine it all. I can...
    idontknowanymoreok idontknowanymoreok 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 15

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    I'm not sure if it's compulsive lying

    or not because I haven't been lying my whole life and it's only ever about one thing, but I have been lying about it for years and I have gone to great lengths to cover it up. Mostly it's just amazing and weird how long I've kept the lie going for, it makes no sense and has just...
    MellowOwl MellowOwl 22-25, M Jun 5

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    I lie about everything all the time.

    I think it's because my mom always kept me so sheltered as a kid when I went to highschool I got a little bit of freedom and started lying so much to my mom she no longer trusts me I've been such a bad daughter to her even now as a 19 year old!! I lie and good at lying. I don't...
    Danielle1995195 Danielle1995195 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 25

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    My lieing just recently cost me many

    relationships. Looking back over the years, I have always lied here and there about things small enough to not get caught. It seems the situations always are when I have an underlying anxiety concerning the subject. People asking me about my grades when Im doing bad, or about a...
    GirlOnFire123 GirlOnFire123 22-25, F Apr 14

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    Well, I've been in denial about this

    for quite some time but at the same time I'm not. Most of my lies have never caught up with me. Usually I lie because I'm afraid if I tell the whole truth someone will be angry even if I know I'm not really doing anything wrong. I tell what I call half truths where if I need to...
    xstoryofxagirlxx xstoryofxagirlxx 26-30, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    It's hard to know really

    where to start. Recently the lies I told finally got found out, and now I've lost my best friend. The amount of lies I have told is ridiculous. I've lied about having brain tumours, cancer, being pregnant, having boyfriends, having girlfriends, being married. I basically created...
    LostInMyLies LostInMyLies 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My Lying Has Got Me In a Tough Situation Now...

         Since I was about 13 I've been lying about petty, small, and almost too-little-to-tell things. My father would always lie about status and fancy things that he didn't have. He went as far as cheating on my mom and having a son and still lying about it...
    praytosave praytosave 18-21, F 9 Responses Jul 30, 2008

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    I stand here a shell of a man,

    alone and without direction to find a path. I am a compulsive Liar and i have been all my life. I have hurt and destroyed everything that is near and dear to my heart. I have almost no friends, no family and no love to call my own. I am defeated and at rock bottom and needing...
    Inspiremylife Inspiremylife 41-45, M 7 Responses May 23

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    I began lying at the age of 12

    and it became a addiction, I enjoyed the thrill of being able to trick people. It felt like a accomplishment and my award was entertainment and attention. I became so good at it, I even believed some of my own lies to be true. But not anymore, I have started a fresh start and I...
    AlternateReality AlternateReality 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I am writing about someone else.

    . I myself am not a compulsive liar, but my girlfriend of about 1 month is. I plan on cutting ties, but cutting these ties is not my decision, I was gonna give her a second chance and she seems like she really wants to and said that she never really cared about changing before...
    JRW345 JRW345 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 17

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    Confessions Of A Teenage Liar

    I am a liar. Yep, that's me! The girl who says she went to a party and kissed a hot guy, when really she was at home playing checkers with her cat. A bit of an exaggeration, butI honestly wish I could stop. By now it's a serious problem, and it's getting so stressful. I don't...
    6390014h 6390014h 13-15 3 Responses Oct 14, 2012

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    At the age of 16 I told my first non-white lie.

    A lump was found on my back after testing they ruled out cancer. I had be struggling with my parents divorce and tried everything in my power to keep my family together. I sacrificed my own image to get their attention. I said I had cancer. I needed someone to listen. My parents...
    outintheopen1 outintheopen1 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Lying Has Ruined My Life.

    I am a compulsive liar, I have known that i had a problem since i was in early elementary school, i would lie to my friends about the wirdest things they did it too, on ocassion, but it was a regular thing for me. An impulse that i cant quite stop until its already out there. I...
    mailboxes mailboxes 22-25 6 Responses Aug 12, 2012

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    Mental Illness+lying = Disaster.

    So when I was about 16 I used to get caught in my own delusions and because I'd lied so much. I hated high school everyone new me as a liar. Because i had no idea how to make it all stop or keep up. so i just stuck to a couple of people and hid from humiliation. If this wasn't...
    readytostop readytostop 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 4, 2012

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    I first opened myself up on this site about two

    weeks ago. I explained my habit of lying, how easy for me it is to just lie out of thin air. Its been a good two weeks, but alas I have descended back into my bad habits. This one is odd, nevertheless it is lying and I am about to come clean. Last night I met up with a...
    shafer2100 shafer2100 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    I have been a liar for

    as long as I can remember. I will lie about anything and everything. A lie as small as "yea I like that outfit" to "I am the proud mother of boy girl twins" The truth is I probably don't like the outfit and I am a virgin so how would having kids even be possible? I have created...
    iampossible1991 iampossible1991 22-25, F Apr 17

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    I signed up for this website in hopes

    that I can overcome my compulsive lying addiction through a support group of sorts. I have been lying for 13 years and I need to stop. I haven't burned any bridges yet nor has anyone called me out on it however I don't like the person that I am becoming. I feel that people like...
    lonelygirl413 lonelygirl413 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 9

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    I sabotage relationships,

    the closer I could be to them the worse I behave. I truly am a compassionate, loving and good person. I am fine in the beginning of relationships and then I panic and I ruin them. I start lying about horrible things or stupid ones that are completely unbelievable. Like setting...
    Deedahdoo Deedahdoo 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 11

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    It's Not As Bad As It Sounds

    When you think of a compulsive liar, do you think of someone who is malicious, conniving, deceiving, and selfish? Well, then you are not thinking of a compulsive liar at all, but a pathological liar. Compulsive lying is much much different. Compulsive liars generally do not lie...
    infinitedreamer infinitedreamer 26-30, F 6 Responses Aug 16, 2008

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    Ive been doing good,

    but not great. I found employment at a company that so far i cant seem to find any downsides to. Its been two weeks since my last post though, a little spaced since i really want this to be a place i can share and find support in. I haven't lied again, part of me is worried...
    shafer2100 shafer2100 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 20

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