Re: Why do people lie..and is it a mental illness?
He probably just feels REALLY REALLY bad about himself, like he is a total failure and wants you to think high of him so he lies about himself.
Pathological lying can be a sign of a worse illness though, I think. If he lies JUST TO LIE, then there is something wrong with him, IMHO.
I have done this before...said I was doing something I planned on doing but never had the balls to actually do. It was all part of my serious insecurities.
Good to hear you're finding a better guy!