Psychotherapy heals by truth, so it necessarily directly deals with “being false to the truth.”
Because … it’s truth that sets us free.
Yet this remains a major problem of humankind. There is an enemy within.
This disorder gets worsened for persons going through unmanageable mental and spiritual problems.
Especially those who sabotage themselves and their relationships.
The mother of 23-year-old Robert is one example. She struggles internally between truth and falsehood in her decisions.
She condones Robert’s drug addiction, alcoholism, and violence by looking the other way. She believes that by doing so, she’s loving and protecting her son.
Instead of bringing Robert to rehabilitation and accountability, she “brain-drugs” and spoils/supports him with money.
A case of chaos when being false to the truth, from one person to another.
The way to recognize self-deceptions is to identify the source of one’s beliefs and behaviors.
Where is the person getting his information? Where are his thought processes coming from?
The two major sources cited below can be helpful in answering these questions.
• Falsehood, lies: “Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.” (Galatians 5:19-21)
• Truth, wisdom from above: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
A vivid contrast. Two sources of information or thought processes.
These two sources of information – works of the flesh and works of the Spirit – helps you to identify clearly the basis of your beliefs and actions.
Know clearly now when you’re being false to the truth.
“It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.” — Psychologist Dr. Carl Rogers From On Becoming a Person, 1961