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Mythomania, also known as compulsive or pathological lying, is a psychological condition characterized by a persistent pattern of dishonesty and fabrication. It is important to raise awareness and understanding of this condition to support individuals affected by mythomania and promote empathy within society.

Definition and Overview

Mythomania refers to a compulsive tendency to lie and deceive others. It is not simply a choice to deceive, but rather a psychological condition that drives individuals to fabricate stories, exaggerate facts, or falsify information. Compulsive lying can become a habitual behaviour for those with mythomania.

Symptoms of mythomania:

  • Consistent pattern of lying
  • Elaborate storytelling
  • Inconsistencies in narratives
  • Lack of guilt or remorse
  • Impulsive lying
  • Fantastical claims
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Emotional instability
  • Unnecessary complications

Causes and Contributing Factors

The exact causes of mythomania are not fully understood, but several factors may contribute to its development. Psychological factors, such as low self-esteem or a need for attention, along with environmental influences and neurological abnormalities, may all play a role. It is a complex condition that requires further research for a comprehensive understanding.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of mythomania can help in identifying individuals affected by this condition. Some common signs include a consistent pattern of lying, elaborate storytelling, inconsistencies in their narratives, and a lack of guilt or remorse when caught in a lie. Emotional instability and strained relationships may also be present.

Diagnosis and Assessment

Diagnosing mythomania can be challenging as individuals with this condition may be skilled at concealing their lies. Mental health professionals use thorough assessments, interviews, and evaluations to diagnose mythomania. It is crucial to rule out other potential underlying conditions or disorders that may contribute to the lying behaviour.


Hope Therapy is here to help.

Hope Therapy’s fully qualified and experienced team of Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, offer UK wide Psychological and Emotional support to Anxiety sufferers via Zoom and Skype.​

We can help you to develop positive skills, interventions and insights to support your mythomania, along with exploring underlying issues that can either contribute to your mythomania or result from it.​

  • Identifying triggers.
  • Effective Skills and interventions.​ Supporting your psychological needs and wellbeing.

A Positive Approach to support.

Our clients regularly ask for the opportunity to learn about and develop skills that will allow them to recognise and support their needs. ​

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