The Invisible Man
Conjuring a fictional character out of thin air is another specialty of pathological liars. Marie* narrated her story about an acquaintance who created her own fiancée. “I met Sharon through a mutual friend and every time we met she’d go on and on about her beau. Our common friend pointed out that on Facebook it says that Sharon is in a relationship with Jordan but “Jordan’s” profile was empty except for posts written by Sharon herself. Every time we’d ask her to bring him along, she’d always come up with an excuse. There were absolutely no pictures taken of them together which was really weird considering our generation’s obsession with taking photos of everything and anything.” What Marie finds difficult to comprehend is that Sharon is a beautiful girl who could probably get any guy she wants yet she spun these tales about a guy whom no one, not even her family, has met.
While some people are born more inclined to lie, others find it easier to lie because words are cheaper than actions. “[Lying] is easier than actually carrying out the task and seeing it through. This might have been the reason why Sharon, instead of finding a guy and maintaining a real relationship which involves effort and being vulnerable, decided to just lie about it. Alternatively, she could lack the courage of being in a relationship. All these are personal rhetoric that the liars are not sharing,” says Dr Jegathesan.