We lie to ourselves every day, and these lies can lead to significant unhappiness in our lives. In Lies, authors Bridget Harwell and Elizabeth Scott present a collection of more than forty essays based on their daily interactions with clients who have suffered the pain of digging deeply and unearthing the self-deceptions that have limited their lives.
Harwell and Scott, two successful, practicing psychologists, compiled the essays to examine the various forms of self-deception, many of which are unconscious attempts at self-protection which can go unnoticed and yet lead to stress and unhappiness. Accompanied by whimsical and evocative drawings, Lies examines a variety of themes, such as guilt, worry, indecision, and the power of relationships. Each piece is followed by a conversation between Harwell and Scott that seeks to add clarity to the discussion.
Written in a conversational style that mimics a therapy session, this collection presents strategies for finding the truth beneath the lies we tell ourselves and gives us an opportunity to live a more integrated life, a life of authenticity that’s essential for any kind of true happiness.
Bridget Harwell, PhD, is a teacher, writer, and a licensed clinical psychologist. She lives with two wise cats in Cleveland, Ohio, where she writes fiction and poetry.
Elizabeth Scott, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her PhD in 1980. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has had a successful private practice for more than thirty years. In addition to her practice, she has taught college level psychology courses and supervised graduate students. She is also an accomplished short story writer, having published work in numerous literary journals.