The Many Faces of Deceit: Omissions, Lies, and Disguise in Psychotherapy / Edition 1

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Deception is ubiquitous - commonplace in our everyday interactions, part and parcel of our legal system and political culture. Yet few have studied its role in therapy. In The Many Faces of Deceit, Drs. Helen Gediman and Janice Lieberman show how unsuspecting therapists can miss omissions, lies, and outright imposture that can insidiously infiltrate and fundamentally alter the therapeutic process. Covering extensive clinical material, including the dilemma of supervising those who fabricate their work, the authors consider deception in its many varieties, alerting clinicians to its presence and guiding them in helping patients overcome the deceitful tendencies that can render therapy meaningless.

Describes omissions in psychoanalytic trmt/patients who lie/ imposture, inauthenticity & feeling fraudulent/etc.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Investigating themes of imposture and deceit, two New York City psychoanalysts offer a unique, cautionary manual that will be of great benefit to psychotherapists and thoughtful patients concerned with what really happens during the analytic hour. Using case histories, the authors demonstrate how patients often deceive their analysts or therapists through lies, omissions, secrets, elaborate denial fantasies or personal myths-and how an analyst may be totally unaware of such deceptions, which are forms of resistance aimed at subverting the treatment. Turning away from case studies to imposture in life and art, they examine David Hwang's play, M. Butterfly, based on a true story of cross-dressing, lying and spying, and look at painter Arshile Gorky, who was prone to deception, which the authors trace to devastating childhood traumas-paternal abandonment, his mother's death from starvation, exile-during the Turkish genocide of Armenians. Gediman, New York University clinical professor of psychology, wrote Fantasies of Love and Death in Life and Art; Lieberman teaches at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568215921
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Ubiquity of Deception 1
Pt. I In the Analytic Encounter 29
2 Omissions in Psychoanalytic Treatment 31
3 Patients Who Lie 57
4 Imposture, Inauthenticity, and Feeling Fraudulent 87
5 The Plight of the Supervisor with the Imposturous Candidate 123
Pt. II In Art and Life 157
Introduction to the Arts: Imposture and Deceit in Art and Life 159
6 The Imposturous Artist, Arshile Gorky: From Identity Confusion to Identity Synthesis 169
7 Men Masquerading as Women: Imposture, Illusion, and Denouement in the Play, M. Butterfly 197
Pt. III Conclusion 221
8 The Deceptive Transference: A Perverse Dyad 223
References 239
Credits 249
Index 251
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