Lying can destroy relationships, breaking trust and faith between people. Unfortunately, those with borderline personality disorder may turn to lying due to complications of their disorder. Lying may be a desperate attempt to prevent imagined dangers of abandonment from their friends or family. If you have borderline personality disorder, the very lies meant to save your social circle may destroy them. It may be time to seek help.

The Connection Between Lying and Borderline Personality Disorder

People with borderline personality disorder experience intense emotions that can cloud their thinking. They may ignore the facts that contradict their feelings which can be frustrating for friends and family members. A person living with a borderline personality disorder is not consciously lying but may genuinely believe their viewpoint is correct. They may also suffer from impulsivity when they do things without thinking of the consequences.

A person living with borderline personality disorder may not be thinking of what the consequences of lying can. They may live with shame and feel the need to cover up perceived mistakes that increase shameful feelings. Because this person is sensitive to rejection, lying can be a desperate need to cover up mistakes so others will not reject them.

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The Biological Causes of Dishonesty

Researchers found that dishonesty is linked with activation of the prefrontal cortex based on the imaging technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging. The prefrontal cortex plays an essential role in determining personality, planning, and regulating social and emotional behavior. This activation of the prefrontal cortex has been found to occur whether the lying is related to emotional or neutral deception.

How Dishonesty Can Impact Relationships

Whether a person with a borderline personality disorder is lying because they think their worldview is correct or feeling ashamed, the lies can ruin relationships. Friends and family of those struggling with borderline personality disorder may no longer trust this person, an essential element in a relationship. Even loving family members and friends they have known for a long time may decide to isolate themselves from that person if they cannot trust their words. When they see that their lying has gotten out of hand, it is time to seek help from a mental health professional.

Dishonesty can be a factor in borderline personality disorder. If lying is not under control, the relationships you have with your friends and family can become strained. At Alta Loma, we are equipped to handle mental health disorders like borderline personality disorder and are here to help those who suffer from this disorder. Our transformative treatment center in Georgetown, Texas, can offer you individualized therapy, life and coping skills education, a long-term continuum of care, and more. Call (866) 457-3843 for more information.