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Life of the mind: A perfect lie

"Sitting there looking at this crushed girl, I really started to hate this guy."

By Anna Blundy   June 2017

It was as though he was sitting in the consulting room with us, a golden figure of male beauty, intelligent sensitivity, sparkling wit and an endless capacity for good. This was established by my patient as a stark contrast to all her multitudinous failings. “I don’t deserve him,” she said, twisting a tissue in her bitten fingers, legs tucked meekly under her chair. She began (again) to detail her repulsiveness and stupidity.

She met this Adonis at university where he excelled at everything. Bafflingly, he liked her and they began a…

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