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what sort of person is very inelligent but very lazy and lies

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what sort of person is very inelligent but very lazy and lies without thinking and seems to be lacking in empathy, female aged 13
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Patrick replied 8 years ago.
A few things come to mind with this type of behavior. First, depression. Depression can cause a variety of behaviors including lying and lack of enthusiasm. When we are depressed we do not feel well enough to do anything. So to compensate for the depression we simply engage in behaviors that draw attention.

Second, there may be components of Opositional Defiant problems slipping into the behaviors. Remember intelligent adolescents can be quite skillful in the manner of doing things.

Third, there is the extreme which is Anti Social Personality Disorder where a person, can lie, steal, lacks empathy, and feels they have done nothing wrong even when presented evidence they have. Most ASPD people are highly intelligent. However, at age 13 the disorder is rarely if ever diagnosed. The usual route is the lack of Impulsive control, depression, conduct disorders, and oppositional behaviors before you get to the adult stage where ASPD is diagnosed.

I would suggest getting your 13-year old into a behavioral specialist who has a generous knowledge of child and adolescent behaviors.

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