How To Spot A Pathological Liar

Following up on my last blog — “Time to Revisit the Watergate Scandal”, I ended by stating that the difference between Richard Nixon’s lies and Predator Drumpf’s lies was that Nixon told lies when his paranoia and secrecy led to illegal behavior.   Drumpf is capable of lying about anything, large or small, anytime.

For a real estate developer, lying might be tolerated as long as your check clears.  But as President of the United States, prolific lying is not only a threat to the security of our country, it leaves many Americans wondering if our Predator is mentally unhinged.

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He lied about the weather at his inauguration — he said the rain stopped and the sun came out just as his speech began, implying that God himself was blessing the ceremony.  Film footage clearly shows that the rain continued on and off during his speech and there was no full sunshine.  A small lie by most standards, except for Drumpf’s compulsion for lying.  Why lie about something so insignificant unless you have a mental disorder?

He lied about his inauguration crowd saying it was the “biggest crowd ever”.  The National Park Service released photos of Drumpf’s crowd compared to Obama’s 2009 crowd taken from the exact same vantage point.  Obama’s crowd was estimated to be at least 1/3 larger.  Who cares except Drumpf?  Yet this debate raged for the first four or five days of Drumpf’s administration, being the most memorable topic during the first two press conferences.

If only he would confine his lies to small and relatively unimportant things.  Unfortunately the man-child can’t control himself.  Big lies are even more irresistible.

During the transition period and also since his inauguration, Drumpf made the claim that 3-5 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election.  So far not one single shred of evidence has been produced of any illegal votes.  The Director of the Federal Election Commission, appointed by W Bush, was recently interviewed pleading with the Drumpf administration to provide evidence of their claim.  She stated that if there was voter fraud of that magnitude she had a duty to investigate it and make sure it could never happened again.  But her plea has been met with silence.  She also said that she had spoken to at least 40 state Election Commissioners and not one of them reported any cases of illegal votes cast.

This lie is particularly heinous.  The President of the United States is deliberately and falsely questioning the very integrity of U.S. elections.  Can you hear the screams of “Treason!” and “Impeachment!” by the Republicans if Barack Obama had made such a claim?

By far Drumpf’s most disingenuous lie since taking office was calling the news reports about General Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia and his failure to disclose those contacts to VP Mike Pence as “fake news”.  The news obviously wasn’t fake, Drumpf fired Flynn and Flynn apologized for his actions, all within days of the news reports!

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Chronicling Drumpf’s lies could fill many blog posts.  It seems that Drumpf or one of his surrogates tells a bald-faced, unsubstantiated lie almost every day (Terrorist attacks in Bowling Green and Sweden; “I’m the least anti-Semitic person you’ve ever met”).

The point is, Predator Drumpf is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR.

Path-o-log-i-cal: involving, caused by, or of the nature of a physical or mental disease.  Compulsive, obsessive.

I was curious about the specific physical symptoms of a pathological liar.

The Mayo Clinic lists persistent lying under the category “Antisocial Personality Disorder” which includes among other symptoms:  Disregard for others’ needs or feelings; Conning others; Aggressive, often violent behavior; Impulsive behavior; Lack of remorse for behavior.

The best article I read is partially transcribed below.  Notice how accurately it seems to describe Predator Drumpf:

From WikiHow.com (How To Do Anything): “3 Ways to Spot a Pathological Liar”.

Consider the nature of suspected lies. You may come to suspect a friend, family member, or co-worker is habitually stretching the truth. Pick apart the suspected lies and consider what they have in common. Pathological liars may lie to gain sympathy, boredom, or insecurity.[1]

  • Some pathological liars may be actively trying to gain sympathy in a situation. They may tend to exaggerate or make up pains and illnesses, for example, or exaggerate small issues in their lives.
  • Pathological liars may also have low self-esteem. They may lie to make themselves look more important than they truly are. They may exaggerate accomplishments in personal or professional areas in order to make their lives seem impressive.
  • Some pathological liars simply lie out of boredom. They will fabricate events and make up lies to hurt others. This creates drama, alleviating boredom in the pathological liar’s life.

Listen for other people’s stories being retold. Pathological liars may often get caught lying. Frequently, you may hear someone else’s story retold as if it happened to a pathological liar. If something about a story sounds familiar to you, stop to consider whether you’ve heard that story before.[2]

  • You may hear a pathological liar repeat the story of a friend or family member. They may also repeat stories from movies or television shows. The stories may be embellished slightly in the pathological liar’s version.
  • For example, your co-worker tells a story that sounds familiar to you, but you’re unsure where you’ve heard it before. Later, you see a similar story on the news. If your co-worker is a pathological liar, they may very well have lifted the story from the news and presented it as their own.

Observe whether the person dodges questions. When confronted, a pathological liar may find a way to avoid answering a question. Pathological liars are manipulative by nature, so you may think they’ve answered something when they really have failed to do so.[3]

  • For example, your friend reveals she had a falling out with her best friend fairly recently. You’ve been having issues getting along with this friend, and wonder whether her relationship difficulties may be a pattern for her. You ask her something like, “Why did you and Eliza stop talking?”
  • The friend may respond with something like, “We haven’t really talked for a year.” She’s not really answering the question. She may dodge more direct questions. For example, you ask her something like, “Did you used to blow off Eliza the way you blow me off a lot?” She may reply with something like, “Do you really think I’m that kind of person?”

Watch out for manipulation. Pathological liars are experts at manipulating others. They tend to study others to find ways to divert their attention away from their lies. Pay attention to how a pathological liar interacts with you. You may detect subtle manipulation.[4]

  • Pathological liars frequently use sexual tension as a means of emotional manipulation. If you’re attracted to the suspected pathological liar, they may flirt with you when confronted about their lies.
  • They will also study you carefully and learn where your personal limits are. Pathological liars have a good sense of which people will believe which lies. They may realize, for example, you will not believe lies about sickness, but may believe lies about emotional problems. If you hear the liar talking to someone else, they may fabricate claims of aches and pains but not mention these ailments to you.

See how a person reacts when caught lying. No two pathological liars are the same. However, most of them will react aggressively when caught in a lie. If someone seems to get angry in response to accusations of lying, you may be dealing with a pathological liar.[5]

Notice if someone seems too relaxed. When normal people lie, they may fidget excessively and show other signs of nervousness. In contrast, a pathological liar feels little remorse over lying. Therefore, they may seem almost too relaxed when lying. Pathological liars may actually appear quite sociable and laid back. Even when you know someone is lying, they may not demonstrate typical signs of distress or nervousness

Consider whether the person lives in reality. Pathological liars are often disconnected with reality. A lot of times, they may believe parts of their lies themselves. They may be deluded about themselves and their abilities.[12]

  • A pathological liar may have a tendency to exaggerate their importance. They may see something innocuous, like a compliment from a boss, as a sign of personal greatness. When recounting the compliment, they may fluff it’s importance.
  • A pathological liar may lack basic life skills, but may not see this as a problem

Think about the person’s relationships with others. Pathological liars tend to have unstable relationships. Consider anything you know about this person’s relationship history. Look for any warning signs of instability.[13]

  • Does this person have stable friendships or romantic relationships? A lack of longterm friends, and a series of failed romances, may indicate a pathological liar.
  • A pathological liar may also be estranged from their family.

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This article could have been written exclusively about Predator Drumpf.  Is there any doubt remaining that this man has a serious mental illness?   He is mentally (and temperamentally) unfit to be President.

The only potentially good news is that his lying compulsion will get him into trouble and may have already.  His lies about his connections and pre-inaugurational contacts with the Russians could be the beginning of the end of the Drumpf administration.

Or to use a Watergate equivalency, the burglars (hackers) have been caught raiding the Democratic National Committee.  Continuing investigations will reveal more and like Watergate, the cover-up, guilt and complicity will move up the ranks.

Let’s not get over-confident yet.  We must continue to resist the policies of this disturbed man.

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