The former Judge maintained the lie that he was a Caltech graduate, a wounded war veteran, and a CIA operative in the 1960s.All of these statements were easily identified by his peers as unreliable and inconsistent, but Couwenberg continued to attempt to evade others.Pathological lying is something that has negatively affected many people, even professionals, who are often unaware of the psychiatric instability or personality disorder of the liar.
He was later removed for “willful and prejudicial misconduct” for lying about attending Caltech.
This education was critical to his Judicial position.
The very fact that a lie could be found out does not affect the pathological liar.
They have an inability to consider the consequences or even fear being found out.
The sad part about this story is not so much that the former Judge lost his job in the end, but that he lacked insight into the fact that his steps could be traced and that many people would ultimately find him out.
An appropriate level of consciousness was missing from Couwenberg and is missing in so many other people who are compulsive liars.
It’s as if the pathological liar believes they are smarter than everyone and will never be found out. So then why does the liar engage in such behaviors?
Have you ever communicated with a person who seemed to live in a fantasy world where everything said felt false or exaggerated?
Have you ever had an experience with a person who always seems mysterious and nothing they say ever comes to fusion?