Decoding the Link Between Narcissism and Pathological Lying

Uncovering the underlying causes and consequences of compulsive lying in narcissistic individuals

Mark Randall Havens
2 min readJan 11, 2023


The façade of a narcissist can be hard to penetrate, but understanding the signs of pathological lying can help reveal their true nature. Photo by Eric Muhr on Unsplash

Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner’s lies seemed too elaborate to be true? Or have you ever been gaslighted, where your reality was constantly being distorted by someone close to you? These experiences may be a sign of narcissistic pathological lying. Keep reading to understand the link between narcissism and pathological lying and how to protect yourself.

Pathological lying, or excessive and compulsive lying not caused by external factors, is a common symptom among individuals with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Narcissists often use lying as a tool for manipulation and to maintain a false image of themselves. Understanding the link between NPD and pathological lying can aid in recognizing these behaviors and protecting oneself in relationships with narcissists.

Individuals with NPD are characterized by fantasies of immense importance, a need for admiration and special treatment, and a lack of empathy for others. Pathological lying may manifest in grandiose exaggerations about one’s accomplishments, abilities, or relationships, as well as manipulation and gaslighting to maintain control over others.

It’s crucial to note that NPD is a complex disorder, and pathological lying is just one symptom among many. However, recognizing this behavior can be a valuable tool in understanding the true nature of a narcissist and protecting oneself in relationships with them. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be in a relationship with a narcissist, it is essential to seek professional help from a therapist or psychologist. They can help understand and manage symptoms and work towards overall well-being and improved relationships.

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Mark Randall Havens

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