July/August 2021View All Issues
In the therapy field, especially, we tend to view self-deception as a path to any number of bad ends, like a sense of failure when reality collides with fantasy, or making ill-begotten choices. Of course, illusions do carry these hazards, and plenty of others! But as science journalist Shankar Vedantam argues in our lead piece, perhaps we need to widen our lens beyond what’s true or not, and ask what function an illusion is serving. What are the consequences? Might there be occasions when the benefits justify the costs?
The Lure of Self-Deception
Exploring How It Serves Our Clients
The TikTok Therapist
Goodbye, Blank Slate
The Threat Response of Appease
Do You Know It When You See It?
"I'm Not That Guy"
Navigating the New Couples Conversation
The Angry Therapist
Transparency as a Therapeutic Tool
A Cacophony of Opinion
Can We Trust "Expert" Judgment?
Something Close to Warmth
A Daughter's Search for Meaning