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Posted by: nozie | 2007/08/21

liars

hi cybershrink .i usually encounter people whom i come to know as friends.but most of the time i become suprised why they do they turn out to be such liars.what id like to know is what would cause someone to lie about who they are.they would lie about their familiees where they come from their daily lives as well.it really hurts to see people that you love lie about themselves to the point that they start to think that they are what they lie about.i know it has to do with self esteem but i seem to think its more than just self esteem .can you help.

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YOu're talking about acquaintances, people you know, rather than actual friends. People who don't like who they are, may lie about it, so as to appear better to you, and they may even be lying to themselves first, to help themselves to feel better about their weaknesses and failings. Its a broad area, including self-esteem and self-image, and people who have problems liking themselves too often, instead of working to improve the aspects of themselves which they don't like, prefer to pretend everything is marvellous. And you've found, this doesn't do them much good, nor the people they get to know under false colours

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