The Man Who Would Be Everything
The Unconscious Realities and Fantasies of
Psychic Truth and Change
This presentation explores the analytic treatment of a patient who presented himself to the analyst as "a compulsive liar unable to tell the truth." The work with this patient raises important questions about the importance of "truth" in analytic work, and the relative balance of understanding and insight of actual lived experience, and the co-creation of new experience as it emerges between patient and analyst within their work together. Are either insight or new experience sufficient, and how does each provide the necessary context for the other.