Lying, Cheating, and Carrying On: Developmental, Clinical, and Sociocultural Aspects of Dishonesty and Deceit

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Why do people lie? Is dishonesty ubiquitous in human experience? And what should be done with individuals who seek psychotherapeutic help and yet can not reveal important aspects of their lives and even fabricate histories, associations, and dreams? Such questions form the backbone of this exceptional book. Starting with the emergence of the capacity to lie in childhood and the formative influence of the family in children's moral development, the contributors to Lying, Cheating, and Carrying On examine the different varieties of adulthood lies, the impact of dishonesty on the internal and external realities of an individual, and malignant forms of lies involving serious character pathology and criminality, as well as their detection. This book's aim is to help therapists enhance their empathy with patients who are compelled to lie and to provide them with better therapeutic strategies to deal with the clinical dilemmas that arise in working with such children and adults.
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Editorial Reviews

Division 39 Newsletter
Lying, Cheating, and Carrying On adds substantially to these insights, bringing to light a variety of unconscious motives that cause otherwise moral individuals to engage in acts of deception.... The achievement of this book is its attempt to unify these individuals within one general framework, one that is at once sensitive to unconscious motivation, cognitive and developmental capacities, and sociocultural influences.
Ira Brenner
While modes of deception are observed in the animal world, the capacity for lying requires language and forethought, the great human achievements. This meticulously edited volume offers us an in depth exploration of this often overlooked aspect of our minds. It is an invaluable guide to all clinicians in search of the truth. No lie!
Axel Hoffer
From fibs to forgery, from Pinocchio to serial killers, this fascinating volume begins with a disturbing truth—deception is ubiquitous in human beings. The spectrum of deception is examined from multiple perspectives ranging from child development to politics. This insightful book will help mental health professionals confront the often insurmountable challenge inherent in treating lying and deceptive patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765706027
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Series: Margaret S. Mahler Series
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Salman Akhtar is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Henri Parens is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
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Table of Contents

1 Lies, Liars, and Lying: An Introductory Overview Salman Akhta Akhta, Salman 1

2 What It Takes to Tell a Lie Ruth M. S. Fischer Fischer, Ruth M. S. 17

3 Developmental Aspects of Lying Gail Edelsohn Edelsohn, Gail 33

4 Authentication, Imposture, and Malicious Deception Lucy LaFarge LaFarge, Lucy 43

5 Where Does the Truth Lie? Harold Blum Blum, Harold 59

6 Lying and Deceitfulness in Personality Disorders Michael Stone Stone, Michael 69

7 Lies and their Deception Clarence Watson Watson, Clarence 94

8 Sociocultural Perspectives on Dishonesty and Lying Daniel M. A. Freeman Freeman, Daniel M. A. 111

9 Cultures of Dishonesty: From Hidden Cancers and Concealed Selves to Politics and Poker Mark Moore Moore, Mark 129

10 Distortion of Truth from White Lies to Mass Murder: A Concluding Commentary Henri Parens Parens, Henri 141

Index 161

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