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The Dance of Deception: A Guide to Authenticity and Truth-Telling in Women's Relationships

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780060924638
Author(s): Harriet Lerner
Format: Paperback
Year: 1993
Edition: 1994th
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Dimensions: 137 x 203 x 5 (w x l x h)
Pages: 272

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When "The Dance of Deception"was published, Lerner discovered that women were not eager to identify with the subject. "Well, I don't do deception" was a common resonse.

We all "do deception," often with the intention to protect ourselves and the relationships we depend on. "The Dance of Deception"unravels the ways (and whys) that women show the false and hide the real — even to our own selves. We see how relationships are affected by lying and faking, by silence and pretending and by brave — but misguided — efforts to tell the truth.

Truth-telling is at the heart of what is most central in women's lives. It is at the foundation of authenticity and creativity, intimacy and joy. Yet in the name of "honesty," we can bludgeon each other. We can approach a difficult issue with such a poor sense of timing and tact that we can actually shut down the lines of communication rather than widening the path of truth-telling.

Sometimes Lerner's advice takes a surprising turn — for example, when she asks us to engage in a bold act of pretending in order to discover something "more real"; or when she tells us not to parachute down on our family to bring up a "hot issue" without laying the necessary groundwork first.

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