Hypocrisy Unmasked

Dissociation, Shame, and the Ethics of Inauthenticity

by Ronald C. Naso

Series: New Imago

Hypocrisy Unmasked explores the motives, meanings, and mechanisms of hypocrisy, challenging two principal psychoanalytic assumptions: First, that hypocrisy expresses deviant, uncontrollable impulses or follows exclusively from superego weakness; and second, that it can be understood solely in terms of intrapsychic factors without reference to the influences of the field. Ronald C. Naso argues that each of these assumptions devolve into criticisms rather than explanations and demonstrates that hypocrisy represents a compromise among intrapsychic, interpersonal, situational, and cultural/linguistic forces in an individual life. Hypocrisy Unmasked accords a healthy respect to the hypocrite's existentiality, including variables like opportunity and chance, and focuses on situations where the hypocrite's desires differ from those of others and on the moral principles that count in decision-making rather than how they are subsequently rationalized. Ultimately, hypocrisy exposes the ineradicable moral ambiguity of the human condition and the irreconcilability of desires and obligations.
  • Jason Aronson, Inc.; March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780765706799
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  • Title: Hypocrisy Unmasked
  • Series: New Imago
  • Author: Ronald C. Naso
  • Imprint: Jason Aronson, Inc.

In The Press

Through striking clinical examples and painstaking analysis, Naso documents hypocrisy's emergence as a form of compromise against the backdrop of ambiguity and moral dissonance that virtually defines postmodern sensibility. Masterfully exposing the vital pull of the field without negating individual agency, he nests hypocrisy in a search for attunement that goes far in explaining its ubiquity in human affairs and its enactment in the consulting room by client and therapist alike. Hypocrisy Unmasked illuminates the intersection of two-person psychology and contemporary ethics in ways that will enhance our capacity to negotiate moral uncertainty, both in our patients and ourselves.

About The Author

Ronald C. Naso, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing psychotherapy and conducting neuropsychological evaluations for over twenty years. He is currently on the consulting faculty of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, where he teaches and supervises in the Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship programs.