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I'm getting the feeling that I'm a compulsive liar. For example, today some people asked me the name of the dorm that I was going into. Without even thinking, I told them the name of the dorm that was the farthest from that one. This gave me no advantage while it probably hirt the people who asked me, yet I don't feel at all bad about it. Suggestions?

 Babe the Pig

Stop lying to people?


What part of "compulsive" didn't you understand? Besides, why exactly should I deny my true nature only to appease individuals whose welfare in no way conserns me? That was not meant to be seen as a flippant remark, I am genuinly curious. What reasons does society give for this particular moray?

 Ship's Counselor Deanna Troi

Well, while lying for personal gain is considered immoral, lying compulsively, without personal gain, is self-destructive. It will cause people to lose trust in you, and as trust in you is lost, there is less opportunity to regain that trust, leading to a vicious cycle that becomes harder and harder to break. In the meantime you gain nothing.

 Ship's Counselor Deanna Troi

What you describe is more specifically "Habitual Lying," that is, lying as a "knee-jerk" reaction. I find it ironic that you try to explain away lying as your "True Nature," as if to correct this habit would be "untruthful" and therefore "wrong."

 Ship's Counselor Deanna Troi

If you really want to discuss this further, I suggest you schedule an appointment with your ship's counselor or the nearest trained therapist on your planet.


Wait a minute. How do we know he really is a habitual liar, and he's not just making all this stuff up?

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