Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Compulsive Lying and Vicarious Trauma

Compulsive liarHave you ever had an experience with a person who always seems mysterious and nothing they say ever comes to fruition?

Well…if so, you might have been dealing with a sociopath, narcissist, or even a pathological liar. This article will discuss 6 important characteristics we should all be aware of with the pathological liar.

In this video, I discuss characteristics of pathological liars and the connection to personality disorders such as narcissism and sociopathy. I also broach the topic of vicarious trauma.

It’s important to understand how pathological liars interact with others. Some characteristics you may notice include but are not limited to:

  1. Habitual/frequent lying that is consistent
  2. Triangulation (which I will discuss further next week)
  3. Listening to respond ONLY
  4. Manipulating you into “playing” roles in their life
  5. Seducing you
  6. Exaggerating things to distract from the truth
  7. Using emotions to control and dominate
  8. Studying you and looking for your weakness
  9. Rehearsing their lines and lies

There are also common characteristics of pathological lying that can be found in the following diagnoses:

    Oppositional defiant disorder
    Conduct disorder
    Juvenile Delinquency
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Narcissistic Personality Disorder
    Antisocial Personality Disorder “sociopaths” and “psychopaths”
    Histrionic personality

Vicarious Trauma and the Compulsive, Narcissistic Liar


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As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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