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My dad won’t stop lying to me

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My dad won’t stop lying to me and the rest of the family. It has gotten to the point where he lies instantaneously, without thought. My mom said he has been lying for years, but I didn’t see it until recently. I can’t trust him anymore. He also steals, and is cheating on my mother. We caught him, and said he was threw with her, but he still calls her. He has just been very suspicious.

My dad won’t stop lying to me

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If you are certain of all of this then the work for you at age 21 is to detach from your father and do what you can to protect yourself from him emotionally and financially. Detaching means doing so with compassion. Whatever ailment your father has — his lying is an effort to cope. You do not need to use anger nor confrontation to deal with him. But rather detaching from him and beginning to make your own way would be optimal.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

My dad won’t stop lying to me

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). My dad won’t stop lying to me. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 22, 2019, from
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