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The part I don't grok as that most of the time you don't need to lie. Your lies aren't needed to prove your point or anything, you just lie anyway. What's up with that?

When I was still working, I sometimes interacted with people who seemed to be habitual liars. Sometimes they seemed to be lying to get something they wanted. Sometimes they seemed to be lying to inflate their own reputation. Sometimes they seemed to be lying to cover up something they didn't want exposed. But sometimes they seemed to just lie for the practice.

Often when asked a simple question, you could almost see the gears turning in their head as they decided what to say and often that statement would be a lie that didn't seem to help them in any way.

I settled on a theory that these people had decided that accurate personal knowledge was valuable and they didn't want anyone else to have any. They figured that they would be more valuable if other people around them only had inaccurate knowledge.

The ironic thing is that once people figured out they were chronic liars, their knowledge had no value because everyone realized that there was no value in talking or working with them. All you could get from them is lies -- not knowledge.

But in this case, I'm thinking that lying has just become a habit. It must have paid off in some way during t's social development and he just keeps doing it because he's always done it. He's unable to unlearn the habit even though it is catastrophically unproductive.
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