How to Spot a Pathological Liar

There’s no two ways about it: Donald Trump lies repeatedly. This is an especially troubling situation for a man with that amount of power and further erodes the degree of confidence that people have in government.

Do you know someone who, shall we say, likes to bend the truth? There are different degrees of lying; a little white lie every once in a while usually does little damage and can often save someone from getting hurt feelings. However, a pattern of lying can be quite destructive, not only for the liar but also their friends, colleagues, and loved ones.

Here are some things to look out for if you suspect someone is a pathological liar:


Pathological liars tend to have a very high opinion of themselves and their lies often revolve around ways in which others seem to share that elevated view.

Low Self-Esteem

This may seem to contradict the narcissism, but pathological liars also tend to suffer from low-esteem. They know they are not qualified, not worthy, etc, and try to cover that up by constantly spewing falsehoods that make them seem superior in the eyes of others.

Angry and Abusive

People with this personality issue tend to have trouble tempering their anger. They may fly off the handle over almost nothing, and that needless anger can cause them to become violent. Even if they don’t physical lash out at people, pathological liars can also engage in verbal abuse.


Pathological liars also tend to be quite selfish. This is not surprising as it fits in with the patterns caused by other common behaviors, such as narcissism.

If you know someone who displays tendencies such as these, tread carefully. At the very least, do not take what they at face value, particularly if it could have a serious effect on your life.