Lying is common to people. Fear from a reprimand is the usual reason why people lie. But this cannot be referred to as compulsive lying. If a person lies because of a constant perceived punishment, it becomes compulsive lying. Lying with the belief that it is the truth despite being confronted with the truth is what normally characterizes compulsive lying.
Reasons why people lie on impulse are usually due to habitual lying. Some may lie because they see that other people do it and still get away from it. Lying becomes a normal thing to do that it comes out impulsively in some instance. While some believe that lying would help them get what they want. When lying becomes a habit, it is now referred to as compulsive lying.
Although it is a fact that children lie, compulsive lying, though, must be concerned about. This ultimately results in suspicious and doubtful parents while children become more uncontrollable and dishonest. Once compulsive lying and mistrust starts, stopping it would be near impossible.
It should also be considered that lying may be a sign of a graver problem. Compulsive lying is prevalent among children who have problems with social behaviors such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Mood Disorder (presence of manic or severe depression manifested in intermittent episodes). Such children also exhibit impulsivity which makes them prone to lying.
Compulsive lying typically comes with other behavioral problem like theft, deceit, violence, bad temper, miss classes, persistently losing things, and poor manners in social settings Problems like impulsivity, an obvious failure to connect consequences with actions, distraction and uneasiness in social circumstances may be at the heart of lying.
Initiating a process of viewing why a child lies, and finding the aid needed in stopping the compulsive lying. To help stop compulsive lying the intervention of an experienced therapist who can work with children is advised. Such therapist would be able to give parents particular parenting way and a profound comprehension of the dilemma they face. The child will also be granted, and be associated with medical professionals giving the needed assistance.
Punishment may also work in minimizing compulsive lying because it is intended to diminish a learned conduct. However, punishment does not teach and strengthen an alternate manner. Punishment devoid of love and careful explanation is an ineffective means, and most often lead to injustice and exploitation.
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