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What's the difference... - April 4th 2013, 11:03 PM

What's the difference between Delusional Disorder and Compulsive Lying?


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Re: What's the difference... - April 5th 2013, 05:12 AM

A delusion is a false belief so strongly held that no amount of evidence could sway the person's opinion on the matter. For example I could believe that given the chance angels would swoop down from the sky and protect me from harm because I'm Jesus and nothing could convince me otherwise.

A compulsive liar lies compulsively. They don't believe their lies but they feel as though they need to do it. An example would be if you asked where I was when I went to the mall, I could say I was at the gym, you could say you saw me at the mall, I'd say you're wrong they must have just looked real similar to me. The person just feels the need to lie repeatedly for no real reason.


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Re: What's the difference... - April 6th 2013, 12:09 AM

Like Music explained, the major difference is that people usually believe their delusions and they truly believe it's right even if evidence suggest otherwise. Delusions usually accompanies other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but sometimes present alone.
Compulsive liars or pathological liars know that they're lying, it's just that lying becomes second nature. They know what the truth is and just simply do not tell it. And when it becomes a disorder they tend to lean towards being sociopaths or have personality disorders instead of the disorders I mentioned that are associated with delusions.




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