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“In this gripping book, Gail Saltz analyzes the origins and consequences of hidden lives, articulating the seductions that secrets hold and the terrible danger they pose . . .”
—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

“Saltz writes with eloquence and sophistication.” —New York Times Book Review

About the Author

GAIL SALTZ, M.D., a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, is a regular contributor for the Today show and O magazine. Dr. Saltz lives and works in New York City.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767923049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767923040
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For those of us in education, management, the helping professions or writing, the question -- "Why did they do that?" often haunts us.

And, in our own secret lives: why do we secretly eat chocolate when we're supposed to be on a diet? Why do we secretly exaggerate our expenses on our tax return? Why are we cordial and professional to the boss that we secretly desire to tell to go jump in the lake?

And, what about those around us, our husbands, wives, colleagues, bosses, neighbors, who cross established boundaries in the workplace, in their marriage, or in their friendships and other relationships, and whose secretive activities soon develop into a whole "secret life," a -- "house of cards" -- that eventually comes down with unpredictable and harmful consequences. We're often left asking "Why?"

I've known respected church deacons who slept with each others' wife; a pastor who exposed himself to a court official; worked for two executive at one company who were alcoholics and would yell and scream and throw things at each other in meetings; and, of course, in the national news -- for all to read -- the shame of a President having a sexual relationship with a White House intern; lawmakers caught cheating on their taxes; and on, and on.

Saltz carefully describes -- in a descriptive, case-study format -- a wide variety of representative "secret lives." Some from her own experience and practice, others from the national news: what the presenting issues were when the individual showed-up on her office doorstep; where the roots of the problem began; and, she writes eloquently of how such behavior begins, where it leads and the consequences of it seeing the light of day.
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This author has two books very similar w/the same stories, so you don't need to buy or read both of them. The other one is more to do about lying, but very similar.
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