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What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby Falcorian » Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:23 am

Is there such thing as a pathological truth-teller? Think of the movie Liar, Liar with Jim Carrey, but to a much lesser degree. I know most people don't (won't) believe that I have this problem, as it's very difficult to accept that a person doesn't lie. To be honest, I can lie. I just have the need to come clean and always explain the truth after it's said. Further, I tend to overshare, which can be a serious issue in the wrong circles. I've had to delete my accounts on some social networks because I shared a bit too much. I've asked a therapist friend of mine, and she tells me that there aren't really any studies concerning this sort of thing that she can recall. Has anyone ever heard of this?
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby EtherealStarlight » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:58 pm

i know that sometimes people with autism can tend to do things like this - be brutally honest with people instead of lying to spare their feelings, being too open with people and sharing too much information, thinking that everyone is very honest and being gullible, etc. maybe read up on asperger's and such and see if it fits you?

just kind of a shot in the dark, but that's the first thing that comes to mind.

is it really hurting your life? it might just be a small flaw that you have and nothing to worry about.
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby EarlyMorning » Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:03 pm

Yes.

Pop over to Asperger's sub.

Come and have a chat with us and then decide.
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby Falcorian » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:09 am

According to a therapist I had, I might have it, but I can't be diagnosed with Asperger because I'm over the age of 20 (or some such nonsense). I think she may have been making it up.
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby Otter » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:20 am

There are times when someone with OCD (obsessive/compulsive disorder) will adopt the obsession of having to tell the truth all-the-time.

this did happen to me when I was younger. i could not tell a lie, and spent inordinate amounts of time "inspecting" every word and phrase to make sure there wasn't a shade of untruth to it.

it was an awful time.
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby EarlyMorning » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:03 am

Falcorian wrote:According to a therapist I had, I might have it, but I can't be diagnosed with Asperger because I'm over the age of 20 (or some such nonsense). I think she may have been making it up.


that is rubbish. adults can get diagnosis

also Otter has a point, with the ocd.

it can become a compulsion.

either way, feel free to pop over if you feel like it. Can't do any harm.
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Re: What is the opposite of a pathological liar?

Postby acal2468 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:47 pm

Sounds like it could be OCD (specifically, scrupulosity). In my experience, it is very hard to find a therapist who can even recognize what this is, much less treat it. If you think you might have scrupulosity (Google it and see if it sounds familiar), a good resource to find an experienced therapist is the OC Foundation. They have a special training program and will list people who have been through it. I found someone in their directory who has really helped me with my scrupulosity.
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