A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and covert yet reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. A compulsive liar may also have difficulties with poor self esteem. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning, rather they simply lie out of habit
Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, has a normal, and reflexive way of responding to questions. When reporters in his press pool ask him questions he responds in a very awkward and uncomfortable manner, due to his poor self esteem the press secretary, will lie out of habit and does not like to be confronted and called a "Compulsive Liar", with his past admissions, after being shown video tapes of his constant screw up's.