Author: Neel Burton

Category: Spiritual Health and Self

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Deal starts: August 29, 2020

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What we believe to be the motives of our conduct are usually but the pretexts for it. —Miguel de UnamunoSelf-deception is common and universal, and the cause of most human tragedies. Of course, the science of self-deception can help us to live better and get more out of life. But it can also cast a murky light on human nature and the human condition, for example, on such exclusively human phenomena as anger, depression, fear, pity, pride, dream making, love making, and god making, not to forget age-old philosophical problems such as selfhood, virtue, happiness, and the good life. Nothing, in the end, could possibly be more important.Burton provides an excellent explanation of how we use psychological defence mechanisms to protect ourselves from painful truths. —The PsychiatristAbout the authorDr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is a Fellow of Green-Templeton College in the University of Oxford, and the recipient of the Society of Authors’ Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association’s Young Authors’ Award, the Medical Journalists’ Association Open Book Award, and a Best in the World Gourmand Award. His work has featured in the likes of Aeon, the Spectator, and the Times, and been translated into several languages.ContentsPart I: Abstraction1. Denial2. Repression3. Anger4. Dissociation5. Intellectualization6. Rationalization7. Positive illusions8. The manic defence9. DepressionPart II: Transformation10. Displacement11. Scapegoating12. Somatization13. Reaction formation14. Stockholm syndrome15. Minimization and exaggeration16. Symbolization and dream interpretation17. Reification and the selfPart III: Evasion through fraud or fantasy18. Vagueness19. Inauthenticity20. Reconstruction of reality21. Confabulation22. Splitting23. Dehumanization24. Daydreaming25. RegressionPart IV: Evasion through people or the world26. Socialization27. Garrulousness28. Dramatization29. Grandiosity30. Humour31. Asceticism32. Sublimation33. Altruism34. Anticipation35. Fear and anxietyPart V: Projection36. Projection37. Projective identification38. Idealization39. Devaluation40. IdentificationFinal words