A study of a pathological liar

M. J. Stones1
1Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
Cite this article:  Stones, M. (1976). A study of a pathological liar. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 4, 219-224.

Volume 4 Issue 2 | e143 | Published: August 1976 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1976.4.2.219

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An empirically oriented study of a pathological liar is described. It was hypothesized that such an individual might be characterized by a construct system that is atypically loose over a wide range of conventional, socially relevant constructs. Evidence consistent with this hypothesis was obtained from the Thought Disorder Grid (TDG) and by a marked response bias on the Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI). However, a conventional Repertory Grid (administered twice) yielded scores to indicate that construing was tight over a limited range of idiosyncratic, socially relevant constructs. It was concluded that the individual’s understanding of his social environment was generally unreliable and this might be a factor to account for the lying behavior.
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