Living everyday lies: The experience of self

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Lying is a ubiquitous feature of everyday social convention and also permeates the intimate bonds of romantic and family life. This article reviews the research literature on the gender-based motivations for lying and the contexts in which it occurs, along with relevant psychoanalytic perspectives, which help to explain how lying is related to one's experience of self. Emphasis will be placed on contemporary psychoanalytic formulations, which emphasize the subjective nature of truth and the multiplicity of self-experience. A case illustration is offered to demonstrate the applicability and complementarity of various viewpoints on the topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-348
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • Lying
  • Self-experience
  • Self-state
  • Truth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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