Are you Dating a Liar? Here are 11 Signs You Might Be

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Founder, Divorced Girl Smiling, the place to find trusted, vetted divorce professionals, a podcast, website and mobile app.

Dating after divorce isn’t easy. One thing I remember, and  that I hear from men and women dating in their forties and fifties and beyond, is that people lie. They lie about many things, including their age, why they got divorced, what they want in the future, and more. They lie to protect themselves, they lie because they are insecure, and they lie to get what they want. They might also lie and have good intentions. I don’t even think people who lie on dates are bad people, just people who need to work on themselves.

So, how do you know if you are dating a liar? How do you spot one?

I have dated my share of liars. My favorite example goes back to someone I was dating in my twenties. He told me he had to cancel our date on a Sunday afternoon to have lunch with his mom. Adoring him for his love for his mother, I happily understood and decided to head to a Cubs game with one of my girlfriends.

During the seventh inning stretch, I stood up for the seventh inning stretch. While singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” I glanced over to the next section and saw the guy I was dating kissing another woman that did not resemble someone who could be his mother.


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I also dated liars that included: a guy who was sleeping with his ex-wife, a guy who was living with someone, a guy who told me he was 7 years older than he actually was, and a guy who I found out later was high while on most of our dates.

Finding out the person you are dating is a liar can be shocking, and can also involve beating yourself up because you feel foolish for not seeing it. I do truly believe that so often, love is blind.

The realization that you are dating a liar is also disappointing, gut-wrenchingly sad, and can cause a person to look at relationships in an untrusting, angry way.


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There is no guaranteed, fool proof way of knowing if the person you are dating is being 100% honest with you, but here are 11 red flags which could indicate you might be dating a liar:

1. You hear his or her phone, indicating a text late at night.

2. He or she is very protective of their cell phone. In other words, they are always making sure you can’t see their texts, missed calls or e-mails.

3. The person is vague about what they do on the nights you don’t have plans together.


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4. You call him or her at night and don’t get a return phone call until early the next morning.

5. He or she accuses you of lying or cheating.

6. He or she gets very defensive and seems disheveled if you ask where he/she was last night.

7. The person seems to be busy every Saturday night.

8. He or she all of a sudden gets a password on their phone

9. When you ask a direct question, he or she can’t look you in the eye.

10. Business trips get longer.

11. A story they tell becomes altered or slightly different when told again.


Keep in mind that if the person you are dating does one of these 11 things, that doesn’t always mean he or she is a liar. There are some innocent men and women who have passwords on their iPhones or who might plan a long business trip that has nothing to do with an intention to cheat.


One last piece of advice on dating a liar.

Once a liar, always a liar.

I promise I am not lying about this: Remember the guy who told me he was taking his mother out for lunch 30 years ago? Well, through friends, I heard the guy got married and had kids. A few years ago, I was at a Cubs game with my girlfriend and saw the guy! He had his arm around a woman who looked no older than 22. He was kissing her and clearly looked like he was cheating.  Not that I needed it, but it validated my belief that some liars never change.

Your gut will tell you if you are dating a liar. Listen to it. You deserve better than dating a liar. You deserve someone who is honest and upfront and committed to being authentic. It. might take awhile to find that person, but once you do, the relationship will make you feel safe and secure, and like it’s REAL.

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    3 Responses to “Are you Dating a Liar? Here are 11 Signs You Might Be”

    1. Sarah

      Unfortunately I fell in love with a a sweet generous at first liar. This was my first marriage and real relationship at the age of 35 . I made excuses and ignored all the red flags. He was married before and dates multiple times. He gave me complete access to his phone or what I thought he did, gave me reasons for everything that was done and I thought some of the things like conversation he had with girls who he claims were by his friend who used account not him. I didn’t believe it 100% and thought he was probably embarrassed and thought well that’s in the past . He was a gentleman before marriage but once the first night after the wedding came everything changed. I had a gut feeling the was cheating on me with his ex but I was told that it’s in my head. He lied about where he spends his money and where he goes and does. Eventually after a year it became clear But my head wouldn’t believe it completely I always made excuses for him even though he was sweet at times he was only after my money. Once I stopped giving him anything hell broke loose and the arguments and anger never stopped. He tried to turn me on my family and make it look like he is doing things for me but he only seems to care about his image with his friends and immediate family. He would loan them money he didn’t have and he in debt and pay interest on it and eventually he had to go bankrupt. He burrowed money to do things in the house or maybe even loan or give his friends the money. He even accused me of cheating on him which I would never ever do! Eventually I left but my silly heart would want him back and blamed myself for a lot of things. Lucky I had family support that kept on knocking some sense into me . How crazy can I get . I am well educated, was smart and beautiful but let a liar control me , my heart deceive me and my brain gone stupid for a guys who was the complete opposite but who was charming and sweet.

    2. Suzi

      I married a liar. He was charming, swept me off my feet, said and did all the right things. I had 2 young kids from a previous relationship, I was madly in love. We dated for 4 years and I ignored the red flags, he was sceretive with his phone, he had ‘woman friends’ he talked about but I never met them etc. Then a year after we married I discovered he had cheated on me during those dating years. Tried to make our marriage work for 3 years but all I discovered was more lies and affairs including about money. He was even texting another woman on our honeymoon!! I finally had enough, 3 months ago we separated. Things are still very raw, I miss him a lot, we had lots of good times together but I cant get over his betrayal or the ease at which he can lie. We tried counselling and by the third session I realised he showed no genuine remorse and was not taking responsibility for his actions and will forever think its ok to lie to me.
      I am 40, have 2 teenage girls, a successful career and look ok. I am now thinking about my future and will I ever meet anyone again and how do I trust they are not a liar too?

    3. Dor

      Great red flags
      Hiding the phone, not letting u see the phone and carrying the phone in their pocket are huge red flags
      Some men do lie, especially early in a relationship


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