I'm a compulsive liar

Jun 01, 2012, 06:34 IST | Dear Diana

Dear Diana, I work for an electronics company and am doing pretty well. But I've got a very bad habit of lying.

People lie, yes, but I lie unnecessarily when there’s absolutely no ulterior motive from my side. Earlier, I used to think I was being smart by not telling the harmless truth but since I got into a serious relationship with a girl from my office, I’m facing severe repercussions. In fact, she is the one who noted the severity of my condition. She broke up with me and wants me to get an appointment with a shrink and sort myself out.

Illustration/ Amit Bandre

Dear Hanif,
The biggest problem with compulsive liars is that they don’t remember what they have said earlier. So the chain of lies continues. To hide one lie, another one is said and yet another, this cumulative effect continues. Yes, as your girlfriend says you need to shed this habit ASAP. Remember because of this habit, no one will want to befriend you and will stay away from you. You will only end up a loner. Moreover, no one will trust you. So if you want your girl, let go off this habit. It sure will be difficult but you have to make an attempt so discard the habit. Seek help if need be but self-help is the best. Remember no one will trust you because of this habit. 

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