Many Faces of Deceit

Helen Gediman, Author, Janice Lieberman, With
Helen Gediman, Author, Janice Lieberman, With Jason Aronson $56.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-56821-592-1
Reviewed on: 04/01/1996
Release date: 04/01/1996
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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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