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The impostor anticipates the truth of the other

Jochem Willemsen UGent, Eline Trenson UGent and Reitske Meganck UGent (2014) CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 29. p.95-102
abstract
In this paper, we will elaborate on an article by Hélène Deutsch on the psychology of the impostor. The impostor is a specific type of liar who imposes on others dishonest stories about his identity. From a psychoanalytic point of view, identity is by definition fraudulent as there is no real Self. But the impostor duplicates this fraud by presenting dishonest stories about personal attainments, position, or worldly possessions. Referring to Freud’s text on ‘Two lies told by children,’ we will demonstrate that in the neurotic subject (a) the motive for lying is love, and (b) the purpose of lying is to deny symbolic castration in order to preserve an imaginary ideal. The impostor takes this one step further: here the motive is not love but admiration, and the purpose is not denial but disavowal of the symbolic castration. Finally, we will discuss the ambivalent relation of the public towards the impostor that seems all too willing to be deceived. In that sense, the lies of the impostor anticipate the Other’s truth about castration.
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Lie, Hélène Deutsch, Impostor, Identity, Perverse structure
journal title
CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS
CASYS : Int. J. Comput. Anticip. Syst.
volume
29
pages
95 - 102
ISSN
1373-5411
language
English
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yes
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A2
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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3036325
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3036325
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2012-10-29 14:55:19
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  abstract     = {In this paper, we will elaborate on an article by H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Deutsch on the psychology of the impostor. The impostor is a specific type of liar who imposes on others dishonest stories about his identity. From a psychoanalytic point of view, identity is by definition fraudulent as there is no real Self. But the impostor duplicates this fraud by presenting dishonest stories about personal attainments, position, or worldly possessions. Referring to Freud{\textquoteright}s text on {\textquoteleft}Two lies told by children,{\textquoteright} we will demonstrate that in the neurotic subject (a) the motive for lying is love, and (b) the purpose of lying is to deny symbolic castration in order to preserve an imaginary ideal. The impostor takes this one step further: here the motive is not love but admiration, and the purpose is not denial but disavowal of the symbolic castration. Finally, we will discuss the ambivalent relation of the public towards the impostor that seems all too willing to be deceived. In that sense, the lies of the impostor anticipate the Other{\textquoteright}s truth about castration.},
  author       = {Willemsen, Jochem and Trenson, Eline and Meganck, Reitske},
  issn         = {1373-5411},
  journal      = {CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS},
  keyword      = {Lie,H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Deutsch,Impostor,Identity,Perverse structure},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {95--102},
  title        = {The impostor anticipates the truth of the other},
  volume       = {29},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Willemsen, Jochem, Eline Trenson, and Reitske Meganck. 2014. “The Impostor Anticipates the Truth of the Other.” Casys : International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems 29: 95–102.
APA
Willemsen, J., Trenson, E., & Meganck, R. (2014). The impostor anticipates the truth of the other. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS, 29, 95–102.
Vancouver
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Willemsen J, Trenson E, Meganck R. The impostor anticipates the truth of the other. CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS. 2014;29:95–102.
MLA
Willemsen, Jochem, Eline Trenson, and Reitske Meganck. “The Impostor Anticipates the Truth of the Other.” CASYS : INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS 29 (2014): 95–102. Print.