James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Deceitfulness

What a coincidence, you tell the man sitting next to you at the bar, you were the president of your high school class as well. You would have been the valedictorian, too, if you hadn't been so busy cheerleading. After all, that was the year that you led the squad to victory in the national competition.

He says he's surprised that you were a cheerleader. Well, you respond, of course you're not in the same shape that you were in twenty years ago, but you look pretty good for your age, don't you?

No, he says, he's surprised because his wife hadn't mentioned you. She was a cheerleader at Monroe High in the 80s. Really, you say, what was her name? He asks you to wait just a minute while he goes off to look for her. You'd love to see her, you say, before you gulp down your drink and hurry away from the bar.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Deceitfulness
  • Pathological Lying Is Usually a Sign of Personality Disorder
  • Sometimes People Lie About Their Symptoms
  • How to Cope with Deception

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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