Q & A – Is pathological lying a mental illness?

Pathological lying is not a formal psychiatric diagnosis or mental illness in and of itself. However, it can be a symptom of various psychiatric disorders, such as personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

People who engage in pathological lying may have difficulty distinguishing between reality and fantasy, or they may lie to achieve a specific goal or to avoid negative consequences. Pathological lying can also be a learned behavior or a result of past trauma or abuse.

Treatment for pathological lying typically involves addressing any underlying psychiatric conditions or addressing the behavior directly through therapy or counseling. It’s important to note that treatment can be challenging, as individuals who engage in pathological lying may be resistant to acknowledging or changing their behavior.

Q & A – there is no communication or trust with my daughter?

If there is no communication or trust with your daughter, it can be difficult to address the situation and work towards a resolution. However, there are still steps you can take to help improve the situation and maintain your relationship with your grandchildren.

It may be helpful to try and reach out to other family members or friends who can act as a mediator or go-between for you and your daughter. This could be a family therapist or counselor who can help facilitate communication and address any underlying issues or conflicts that may be contributing to the situation.

If your daughter is unwilling to engage in communication or is behaving in a way that is harmful to your relationship with your grandchildren, it may be necessary to set boundaries and seek legal or professional support to protect your rights and the well-being of your grandchildren.

Remember that it’s important to prioritize your own emotional well-being and to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist during this difficult time. It can be challenging to navigate these types of family conflicts, but with patience, understanding, and perseverance, it is possible to work towards a resolution and maintain a positive relationship with your grandchildren.

Q & A – Is it a sign of mental illness to frighten your children with lies about grandparents?

It is possible that your adult child’s behavior could be a sign of mental illness, such as a personality disorder or a psychotic disorder. Only a qualified mental health professional can make a proper diagnosis.

That being said, intentionally lying to children in order to scare them or cause harm is not a normal or healthy behavior. It can have a significant negative impact on the children’s mental health and well-being, as well as the relationship between your daughter and your grandchildren.

It may be helpful to encourage your child to seek the help of a mental health professional who can assess their behavior and provide appropriate treatment or therapy. You could also consider seeking support from a family therapist who can help you and your adult child to work through any issues and improve communication and understanding within the family.

Q & A – What is it called when your adult child tells lies about you?

It is called defamation or slander if your adult child is intentionally spreading false and damaging information about you to others. Defamation is the act of making false statements that harm a person’s reputation or standing in the community. Slander specifically refers to spoken defamation.

If the false statements are communicated in writing, it is known as libel. In any case, such behavior is not acceptable and can cause significant emotional distress and damage to one’s reputation.

Q & A – Help? my daughter is telling my grandchildren lies about me to scare them.

I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like a difficult situation to deal with. If your daughter is intentionally lying to your grandchildren to cause fear or harm, this could be considered emotional abuse or psychological manipulation.

It may be helpful to try and address the situation directly with your daughter and express your concerns about how her behavior is impacting you and your relationship with your grandchildren. You could also consider seeking the advice of a family counselor or therapist who can provide support and guidance on how to approach the situation.

If the situation becomes more serious or you believe that your grandchildren are in danger, it may be necessary to involve the authorities or seek legal advice to protect their well-being.

Lying to your therapist

It is not always easy for a therapist to tell if a client is lying. While some therapists may have developed intuition and experience that help them pick up on cues that suggest a client is not being truthful, there is no foolproof method for detecting dishonesty. Additionally, therapists often focus on the client’s emotional state and motivations rather than the specifics of their story, so they may not be as concerned with whether a client is telling the truth or not. It’s important for clients to be honest with their therapist, as this can help them receive more effective treatment.

Q & A – What happens when you lie to social workers?

Lying to social workers can have serious consequences, as social workers are responsible for protecting vulnerable individuals, such as children, elderly, and disabled persons. When social workers suspect that someone may be lying to them, they will typically investigate further to determine the truth.

Social workers may use a variety of techniques to verify the information they are given, such as interviewing other witnesses, conducting home visits, reviewing medical records, or collaborating with other professionals such as law enforcement or healthcare providers. They may also ask open-ended questions and look for inconsistencies in the individual’s story.

If a social worker determines that someone has lied to them, it can impact the services or assistance that person receives. For example, if a parent lies to a social worker about their ability to care for their child, the social worker may remove the child from the home or recommend that the parent receive parenting classes or counseling.

In some cases, lying to a social worker can also result in criminal charges if the lie is related to a crime, such as child abuse or neglect. It is always best to be honest with social workers, as they are there to help and provide support to individuals and families in need.

Q & A – Does a pathological liar ever tell the truth?

Yes, a pathological liar can tell the truth, but it can be difficult to determine when they are telling the truth and when they are lying.

Pathological lying is a behavior in which a person compulsively lies, often without a clear motive or reason. The lies may be elaborate and convincing, and the person may continue to lie even when confronted with evidence that contradicts their story.

Because pathological lying is a compulsive behavior, it can be difficult for the person to control or stop. They may lie even when there is no apparent benefit to doing so, and they may continue to lie even when it puts them at risk of negative consequences.

However, it is possible for a pathological liar to tell the truth, especially if the truth serves their immediate needs or is easier to tell than a lie. It is important to approach all statements from a pathological liar with a healthy dose of skepticism and to look for corroborating evidence before accepting their claims as true. It is also important to recognize that the underlying issue causing the pathological lying may need to be addressed before the behavior can be changed.

Serial cheaters

Serial cheaters are individuals who engage in a pattern of repeatedly cheating on their romantic partners. They may have a history of infidelity in multiple relationships and may continue to cheat despite the consequences it may have on their partners and the relationship itself.

Some possible reasons for serial cheating include a lack of emotional intimacy in the relationship, a desire for sexual variety, a lack of impulse control, low self-esteem, or a need for attention or validation. However, it is important to note that none of these reasons excuse or justify cheating.

If you are in a relationship with a serial cheater, it can be a very difficult situation to navigate. It may be important to have an honest conversation about the behavior and its impact on the relationship. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what boundaries and expectations you have in a relationship and whether or not the behavior is something you can tolerate.


Duplicity refers to the act of being deceitful or dishonest, especially by pretending to be genuine, honest, or sincere. Someone who engages in this behavior may be referred to as “two-faced,” “deceitful,” “dishonest,” “insincere,” or “false.” These terms suggest that the individual is not trustworthy and may be intentionally misleading others for their own benefit or to avoid consequences. It is important to be aware of this behavior in others to protect oneself from being taken advantage of or misled.

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