The definition of 'mythomania' is an excessive or abnormal propesnity for lying. It is also known as mitomania, compulsive lying, pathologically lying, and my persoal favourite, pseudologia phantastica. It is a condition involving compulsive lying by a person with no obvious source of motivation. The affected person might believe their lies to be truth, and may have to create elaborate myths to reconcile them with other facts.
Pretty full on right? So how do you deal with someone like this in your life? Especially when they happen to be a good friend?
This person is aware that there is a problem. I have caught them out in the past. At first it was harmless, personal stuff that made me and my other friends laugh a little and think 'Wow a tad crazy, but if that's what they wish us to think, ok', but then when the lies started involving other people with the potential to really cause some destruction, something had to be done.
This person promised it would stop. And I think it did for a while. But now it is not that anything is going to harm me or others, it just that this person is really making themselves look like a total fool. And the hole just keeps getting bigger. Whenever I am told anything of substance I am mentally thinking 'How can this person keep talking? I KNOW it's a lie.' What upsets me the most is that this person thinks I buy it. They think everyone around them buys it! It's not just me thinking it. People talk about it now minus the affection.
It is just annoying having to dig through so much BS all the time to get to the heart of anything, especially when there is usually nothing at the core.
Labels: Friends n Foes, Thoughts of Sorts