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I Am a Compulsive Liar

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    I am 40, and a man who is on the verge of

    losing someone whom I love very, very much. All because I am a compulsive liar. I am not someone who likes this. I hate this person, and I don't feel like it's me. I lie to keep things on an even keel emotionally, and out of low self esteem. I am not someone who likes this, I...
    WantsMore1974 WantsMore1974 36-40, M 2 Responses Jan 12

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    I think that lying is not entirely bad.

    It depends on what lie you are telling. Last time I told a lie to the teacher so that my friend could get out if trouble and to blame it on the boy who is the actual culprit. He had taken the pencil box of the girl and chucked it into the dustbin before recess. I told her that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 21, 2014

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    When my great uncle, Pablo Picasso,

    passed away he bequeathed to me his box of crayons and some colouring books. Now, whilst they do hold great sentimental value, I no longer have room in my tent to store them so, I have listed them on EBay in the hope that they will find a good home with some arty type who will...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 18

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    Okay, so here is my story.

    ..I'm a liar and I have lied to my wife from the time we were first together, and through our marriage as well. Here's the thing - the only thing I lie to her about is about a terrible habit I have - and it is smoking! I have not cheated on her, I have not done other things...
    bnickel2003 bnickel2003 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    When I created this site "Experience Project" a

    couple of months ago, it was all field and moorland! I never, even in my wildest fantasy imagined...that the one small seed that I planted on such infertile soil would flourish and grow into an orchard! So I've decided...I'm listing the entire site on EBay! NR I expect to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 27

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    I have been trying to stop lying.

    it's not easy but I'm trying
    Mohau Mohau 22-25, M Mar 7

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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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    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 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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    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 8 Responses Jun 12, 2012

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    Most people lie for one reason

    or another but I mostly lie for unknown (at least to me) reasons. I still lie sometimes for various reasons but mostly for no reason. I noticed that I tend to exagerrate a lot and talk about subjects with authority that I have little to no knowledge about. Help me.
    zarpanzur zarpanzur 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 7

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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 7 Responses Aug 12, 2012

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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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    It feels nice to tell the truth.

    .. Even if it's anonymous. I have a really big problem with lying. I was lazy in college and was the dumb child in the family. I can't compete with my genius level brother....so I made **** up. Reality is... I'm lazy. I made up stories to get more time on homework and tests I...
    photosmurf photosmurf 26-30, F Mar 7

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    This Is Ruining My Life

    I am a compulsive liar. I know it and everyone else knows it as well. I cherish the deception that I used to get what I want and sometimes I lie just because I'm bored or want people to like me. I'm not sure why. My life is interesting enough as it is. I'm a professional...
    OnlyLiveTwice OnlyLiveTwice 26-30 6 Responses Sep 20, 2012

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    I've been lying ever

    since I was about 4 or 5 (I think). I first remember lying when my dad had built a closet into our house and I went and wrote my brothers and I's name on the wall. My mom came in and yelled, and I blamed it on my 3 or 4 year old brother. She slapped me straight in the face, and...
    ready1994 ready1994 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 26, 2014

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    there is no one in my life

    that I dont lie to. I lie about little things ie "mom of course I went to yoga" and big things,(to much to go into) I lie so smoothly. it just flows out. I am scared to even talk much because I need a place to NOT lie. and that happens only when I dont talk much. help me
    zoesel zoesel 31-35, F Feb 16

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    It started off as a simple lie about a fake

    friend I had about a year ago, and has now spiraled into a huge string of lies with fake parties and more fake friends. I want to admit to my lies and just forget about them, but I feel like if I do, I'll lose all of my friends and loved ones.
    SnazzyRazzy SnazzyRazzy 22-25, M Dec 14, 2014

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    I've been trying to stop lying it felt good

    then I found myself lying but quickly call myself to order. it's a process.
    Mohau Mohau 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 11

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    Today was a crap day.

    I'm beginning to feel very unwanted in my job. To begin with, to be completely honest, I have not been the best employee at my new position. I've messed up quite a lot, and I feel so completely stupid and untrusted in my job these days. Today, I asked my boss what I should...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71 41-45, M 4 Responses Mar 2

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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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    Pretty much lied about stupid things my whole

    life. Trying to break the cycle but man is it hard. Seeing a therapist but the in between times kind of suck. My wife says she just doesn't know if she can take it any more.
    DJPorkchopp DJPorkchopp 46-50, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    THERE YOU GO ....HON.

    ..LADIES REALIZE WHAT YOU ARE..... MEN JUST BANG YOUR TYPES WE KEEP THEM
    Laughisgoid223 Laughisgoid223 51-55, F Mar 11

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    I am a compulsive liar

    and I want help will anyone help me or listen to what I have to say?
    compulsiveliar2016 compulsiveliar2016 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 24

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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 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    I am and have been a compulsive liar

    for a long time. I think I lie for 2 main reasons, one to avoid looking bad/avoid taking responsibility for my actions, especially when negative life events happen. I also lie to look better in front of peer groups. This problem has always been with me, and has caused serious...
    kevinchen64 kevinchen64 26-30, M 2 Responses Jan 7

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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 8 Responses May 23, 2014

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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 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 32 Responses Jul 20, 2009

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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, 2014

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    Hi everyone my name is Krysta

    and I am a habitual liar. I seriously want to change and I have no idea where to start. So far I have located a phone number for a place that I can get therapy sessions through, but they don’t open until Monday and I really don’t want to waste any more time before I seek...
    massageling massageling 26-30, F Mar 28

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    The other day i had this overwhelming urge to

    pee all over the bathroom at my work. It felt really good but when i was confronted and asked i simply said "no, why would i do that"! I then laughed and laughed so hard it hurt my stomach. Now i have to poop, but i am afraid to use the bathroom again. This has been a really bad...
    StuartPlatt StuartPlatt 46-50, T Mar 12

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    Ever since I can remember I have felt more

    comfort in telling lies than I have in honoring the truth. Whether it be things big or small. It has never felt good to lie, I've always felt an overwhelming guilt surrounding it, but I've never felt in control of it. They came out so easily. I am only recently realizing how...
    LeNa1047 LeNa1047 18-21, F Mar 22

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    When my dad, the right honourable Earnest

    Rutherford, split the atom way back in 1917, my Brother and sister got equal shares, whereas I ended up with **** all!! Thanks a lot...Daddy!!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 18

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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 almost an adult,

    and I am just now coming to terms with the fact that I am a seriously mentally ****** up person. I lie about everything, big, small, it doesn't matter. I lie about the dumbest stuff and I have no idea why. Sometimes I just say these things without thinking about it. WHY?? I have...
    girlwithissues girlwithissues 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9

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    Today is my first day of taking the right steps

    towards becoming a better person. I felt my life was almost over. I pushed everyone one of my friends away from me. I had a perfect girl friend who loved me more than anything in the entire world. I had a great family who loved me with everything they had and my lies pushed...
    icantstophelp icantstophelp 22-25, M Dec 20, 2014

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    Hello, my name is ashlynn

    and I am a compulsive liar. I don't know why I lie and I don't understand why I even feel like I have to. I started lying when I was very young, it started off as little lies. Then the lies got bigger and bigger. Recently I was caught in a very big lie, I am so disgusted in what...
    BlueJay18 BlueJay18 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 13

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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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    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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    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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