When psychopaths are caught in a lie, they will typically engage in one of the following tactics: 2. Blame Shifting: It's not their fault for lying. It's your fault for being so petty and pointing out their lie. They might also bring up your past mistakes, to prove that their lie isn't actually so bad by comparison. 3. Pity Play: Their bad behavior always has sob-story roots. They learned to lie because of their abusive ex... 4. Excuses: Psychopaths have excuses for everything.