We’ve all known a compulsive liar. The person who embellishes stories, tweaks facts, or fully concocts fictions both big and small. This habit of excessive lying often springs from deeper psychological motives that compel thefabrication of an alternate reality. For chronic liars, stories are a shield against facing truths that engender deep seated insecurity and fear of rejection.
Lying behavior falls on a spectrum, and many people bend the truth on occasion without reaching clinical levels of pathology. But truly compulsive liars habitually invent entire narratives detached from their real lives. These lies are often more than simply boastful; they form a fantasy world that helps the liar manage anxieties and soothe emotional needs.