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The Dance of Deception

About the Book

The Dance of Deception

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 our 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 eachother. 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. 

Whether the subject is affairs, family secrets, sexual faking, or the challenge of"being oneself", Lerner helps us to discover, speak, and live our own truths.

The Dance of Deception
by Harriet Lerner

  • Publication Date: January 20, 1994
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • ISBN-10: 0060924632
  • ISBN-13: 9780060924638