Reading the note on General Parenting made me think to post this here. Sadly, I have a sister who is a compulsive liar. She is 8 yrs older than I am and was at one point a beauty queen, sorority sister, hotel PR rep and professional writer. Now ... she is lucky if she gets one writing job a yr, has lost her home twice, has gone bankrupt at least once, maybe twice, does not work but insists she is working for huge corporations and politicians, and really needs to get a job because her husband was diagnosis'd with-Parkinson's last yr. He just got a job but it's commission only. I suggested to my sister that she get a PT job at Lowe's or Home Depot, because she loves, loves, loves home improvement stuff, it's only PT, you could be a door greeter, and get full insurance coverage. I had a long chat with-a retired guy several mo's ago and he was so excited about that job. "All I have to do is stand here and talk to people and I get insurance coverage!" That way she could still write. But either she never applied or she didn't get accepted. I understand that now many biz do credit checks and if you have bad credit, it can ruin your chances of getting a job. Weird but true. So maybe that's what happened. Anyway, she's living in la-la land and she's lost her home and other jobs because of it. My sister used to be a kleptomaniac, but she's better now. We have called her on it several times and also have purchased the items she takes, so she can have her own. Her fave thing to steal was items from our purses--lipstick, gum--really stupid stuff. I read somewhere that kleptos are craving love or something dealing with-insecurity. The lying is insecurity as well, which I understand. But it's getting weird and worse. She drives the nurses and doctors crazy when she takes care of my dad, insisting she knows more than they do and questioning and arguing with-everything. It's embarrassing, to say the least. She always has to be the first one to know everything. (That is a trait my mother had and it was horrid--who cared if so-and-so was almost killed in a car accident--it's all about ME--knowing FIRST.) I just found out from husband and easy child that at Christmas, my sister told them that she had sat in on brain surgery. OMG. My heart is breaking.