Reasons NOT to Lie to Your Therapist

Introduction:Let's face it, it's easier to lie to your therapist (and yourself) than to think you'll be judged by a third party. But, there are many reasons NOT to lie to your therapist - a few of which are detailed below.

  • 01

    You're Paying Your Therapist

    What exactly is the point of lying to your therapist when you're shelling out perfectly good dollars for that 50 minute session? Being totally honest in your therapy session will get you the most bang for your buck and just might get you fewer therapy sessions.

  • 02

    You Won't Get Far In Therapy If You're Not Honest

    If you're lying to your therapist, you haven't accepted the truths about yourself, and you won't reap the benefits of a good therapy session. Looking at yourself and your issues honestly will speed up your mental health recovery.

  • 03

    It's Hard to Keep Lies Straight

    "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.'

    Get going on telling a lie and the details might be very difficult to remember when your therapist questions you - as you know he or she will. Best to lay it out there, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

  • 04

    You Might Start to Believe Your Own Tall Tales

    Be a compulsive liar and tell enough lies and you might have a hard time distinguishing between the truth and the lies yourself. Living in a fantasy world might just be the reason you're in that therapy session anyway.

  • 05

    Your Therapist Can't Help You If You Lie

    If your therapist believes the lies you tell him or her, there's a pretty good chance they'll give you the wrong suggestions or ways to correct the issues that are bothering you. If you're a compulsive liar, you might spend a lot more money in mental therapy sessions than you need to if you'd been straight with your therapist.




Final Thoughts

It really makes no sense at all to lie to your therapist. If you feel the need to be a compulsive liar, try to be upfront with your therapist at your very first session about your lying issue. Your mental health depends on it.


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