Susan578 asks in our Friendship Forum about a friend who has a habit of lying. The friend has been in a bad situation in her personal life and as a result has not felt the courage to be honest with her friends. Susan578 writes:
"I became close with my husband's cousin and consider her my best friend. She was obviously in an abusive marriage because I would see the bruises and from what others told me based on firsthand accounts and she would constantly lie about it not happening. She eventually left her husband and moved in with us.
My husband and I began to pick up that she lied often. Her intent was not meant to be malicious towards us or anyone else. It was more of a way to avoid blame (even for the stupid small stuff). We figured out that if she repeated the story without change, then it was the truth. My husband managed to learn of a way to manipulate the truth out of her sometimes.... Read more."