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

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

by Salman Akhtar
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Axel Hoffer M.D.
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.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765706461
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
MM
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
271 KB

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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