Caught in the web of lies? How to identify a compulsive liar

When does bending the truth go too far?

While we can get away with lies that we tell ourselves, lies told to other people have consequences.

Clinical psychologist Khosi Jiyane distinguishes between innocuous lies and pathological ones.

She says regular "white lies" typically serve a purpose and distort or manipulate the truth as a means to an end.

The definition is conscious and deliberate distortion of information.

Khosi Jiyane, clinical psychologist

Compulsive lying:

Trust is the most important relational currency between people, and compulsive liars are quick to lose it, Jiyane explains.

She says that compulsive lying is an impulse which comes with high costs.

Compulsive lying... it's just that irresistible urge... It's the lie that leaves you wondering "but why?"

Khosi Jiyane, Clinical psychologist

Unlike "white lies", compulsive lying serves no purpose and has no real benefit, she advises.

While "white" lies" are often spontaneous, compulsive lies tend to be planned and premeditated.

Jiyane says that compulsive liars fabricate information for no apparent reason whatsoever, to the extent that they internalise their own lies.

She explains that lies become so pervasive that they form the basis of people's relationships with friends, family and the rest of the world.

You lie to an extent that it becomes you; you become egosyntonic... You lose sight of where the line is and the line between reality and fantasy gets blurred.

Khosi Jiyani, Clinical psychologist

According to Jiyane, compulsive lying often exists simultaneously with other psychological or personality disorders.

Take a listen to her expert advice:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Caught in the web of lies? How to identify a compulsive liar


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[LISTEN] Toxic masculinity and the culture of silence around male sexual assault

[LISTEN] Toxic masculinity and the culture of silence around male sexual assault

Dr Eve and Eusebius McKaiser open up the airwaves to male listeners to share their stories of abuse.

Poisonous Bullets: Was it a love affair that killed Sindiso Magaqa?

Poisonous Bullets: Was it a love affair that killed Sindiso Magaqa?

There is a new revelation to the mysterious death of Sindiso Magaqa, that his death was due to a love triangle gone sour.

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Chris Smith explains why you need to replace what you are losing and how too much water can pose some health risks.

[LISTEN] 'Thina Sizwe' - the song the Freedom Front Plus want censored

[LISTEN] 'Thina Sizwe' - the song the Freedom Front Plus want censored

Eusebius Mckaiser takes on the Freedom Front Plus who say the singing of Thina Sizwe must be condemned.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Why family interventions aren't ideal

Why family interventions aren't ideal

Despite the best intentions for your loved one, a family intervention may not be the way to go, advises psychologist Jeanie Cave.

Popular articles
Are you ready to 'Walk the Talk' with 702 & MTN?

Are you ready to 'Walk the Talk' with 702 & MTN?

The annual MTN Walk the Talk with 702 takes place on 22 July this year, under the theme 'Walking for South Africa'.

From Cape to Cairo: 80-year-old Julia travels to Egypt using 20-year-old car

From Cape to Cairo: 80-year-old Julia travels to Egypt using 20-year-old car

‘It took approximately 4 – 5 months because I had to make some stops on the way for repairs.' - Julia Albu, the African Conquest

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Unravelling Gupta links revealed in Parliamentary Eskom inquiry

Unravelling Gupta links revealed in Parliamentary Eskom inquiry

Journalists Sikhonathi Mantshantsha and Kyle Cowan discuss just how the Guptas and their associates helped capture Eskom.

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

How to make money through ‘buy-to-let’ (using very little of your own money)

Bruce Whitfield interviews Francois Janse van Rensburg, author of “Making Money through Buy-To-Let in South Africa".

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

An expert guide on 'hotwifing' and 'cuckolding' in the bedroom

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve shares insights into sexual fetishes and how partners negotiate them in their bedroom and relationship.

MTN Walk The Talk with 702: Get your entries in and be part of a united Joburg!

MTN Walk The Talk with 702: Get your entries in and be part of a united Joburg!

Join Joburgers from all walks of life come together peacefully, united in their diversity for a fun family day out.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?